Studio in the Woods

Piers Taylor, Kate Darby, Meredith Bowles, Gianni Botsford, Zoë Berman, Je Ahn

Wyre Forest, UK
52.374318, -2.372557

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An ongoing summer workshop, Studio in the Woods allows students, designers, makers and people from differing and varied backgrounds to collectively test ideas through making. It was founded and is convened by architects Piers Taylor with Kate Darby, Meredith Bowles and Gianni Botsford, and acts as a vehicle to test ideas through making at 1:1. Over three days, and working in groups, participants design and construct structures in a rural setting.

The act of making is immediate and collaborative. Each project is a piece of research that explores the processes of making, and the socially and politically connected world of artefacts that architects produce. Incredible hard work during the day is interspersed with collective meals and evening talks.

The workshop has been hosted in a number of different woodland contexts since 2015, including the woodlands managed as part of the Invisible Studio project, where Studio in the Woods started.

In 2018 and 2019 the initiative is working with the Wyre Forest hosted by the Wyre Community Land Trust, with funding provided by the Guild of St George with additional funding from the Ruskin in Wyre HLF project as part of a strategy to explore future uses for the timber from the Wyre Forest. The summer workshop is led by internationally renowned architects and academics, among them practitioner and educator Zoë Berman and architect Je Ahn, who are both Free Unit alumni.

  • Studio in the Woods 2018. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2018
  • Studio in the Woods 2018. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2018
  • Studio in the Woods 2018. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2018
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