FleaFolly Architects Open Lecture – Wednesday 13th November; 6PM
Norbert Singer Lecture Theatre / M055 – Mansion Site, Avery Hill Campus
“2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. To celebrate this occasion FleaFollyArchitects ran a summer atelier on the outskirts of the Black Forest in Germany over the space of 5 weeks. As a group of young architects and designers they planned and built the ‘Grimm City’, a miniature Cityscape based on the imaginations of the Brothers Grimm. Grimm City is a spatial extrapolation of the Grimm Fairytales, an architectural satire that foretells a future state run by creatures with Grimm-esque attributes of gluttony and greed taken perversely out of context. Whilst being lampoonist and satirical, this architectural fairytale draws uncanny parallels with what many believe is the way that cities are run today; corrupt politicians, fraudulent banks, gluttonous churches and a great GDP are common in both the Grimm City and our own cities.
Established in 2012 by Pascal Bronner and Thomas Hillier, FleaFollyArchitects are spatial-storytellers who use narrative to discover, explore and invent unique architectural propositions encompassing all scales. FleaFollyArchitects operate across – and blur the thresholds between – the fields of architecture, design, fashion, contemporary art and installation. Drawing upon their multi-disciplinary experience in both architectural practice and architectural teaching, their objective – no matter what the subject – remains the same: to surprise and delight!”