Beyond Grand Designs … Everyday Stories of Selfbuild – Exhibition and Workshop by Michaela Benson

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Ever wondered what it is like to build your own home? This exhibition takes you behind the scenes, into the everyday lives and experiences of selfbuilders. It displays visual material produced with and by selfbuilders to tell the story of selfbuild in contemporary Britain from the perspective of selfbuilders. From the diverse motivations that lead people to build their own homes to their everyday experiences of building, it makes clear the importance of social relations in the project of selfbuilding.

This exhibition has been prepared as part of the ESRC-Funded Project ‘Selfbuilding: the production and consumption of new homes from the perspective of households’ (Grant Number: ES/K001078/1).

Dates : 15th-19th September 2015

Opening Times : 9.30am – 5.30pm (Late closing Thursday 17th 8.30pm)

Location : 310 New Cross Road, Goldsmiths

Further information : Free entry; all welcome!

As part of the exhibition there will be a workshop entitled : Putting the Social into Alternative Housing: Key Lessons for Housing Practitioners

This specialist workshop showcases cutting edge research and thinking about alternative housing from leading academics and thinkers working on alternative housing. In particular, it examines housing solutions that include co-housing, eco-housing, and selfbuild to demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of the social within these. The event will feature the launch of the report ‘The Social in Selfbuild Housing’ and key recommendations for practitioners and policy-makers working in these areas of housing.

We welcome the attendance of housing practitioners and policy-makers, representatives of government bodies, media, and any other interested parties, but please make sure to register in advance as places are limited!

Dates : 18th September 2015

Time : 2-4pm

Location : 136 Kingsland Road, London,  E2 8EA

Further information: : There is no cost to attend, but please register in advance at

Dr Michaela Benson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. For further information contact:


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