The Valley Talks: 
Demystifying Design and Construction


Saturday 25th September, 5.00pm - 6.00pm
£5.00 per person, each ticket includes a discount voucher for The Stable Bar

About the Event



Joseph Beuys said everyone is an artist, but that now seems quaint as the edges of art have been usefully confused. Cultural complexity makes the very definition of creativity a challenge and has led to a general retreat from bold personal or collective expression.

In the world of architecture, widespread commodification and blandness have disempowered local and collective forms of design and construction. However, spurred by resource and skills shortages, the collapse in the value of retail and office spaces, the use of technology during the pandemic and the fact investors can no longer ignore the climate challenge, exciting new opportunities for a counter culture have emerged.  

Tackling these changes, Cany will share her recent experience designing with Hempcrete, a low tech building wonder material for walls floors and even roofs and the use of local softwood treated as Accoya which can last a lifetime. Both of these inventions enable us to grow building materials, build incredibly simply and bring architecture into a clean loop for future generations.

Ash Sakula's portfolio includes many exemplar projects including zero energy homes  Exhibition Mews for social rent in Hampshire and the youth community hub and advice facility The Hive co-designed with young people in north London.

Part of Grizedale Arts Black Shed project, Cany will explore how these new approaches can bring opportunities back to the widest group of participatory creators, allowing communities to embrace a more thoughtful, relevant and expressive approach to architecture.

Tickets are £5.00 per person and include refreshments on arrival and a discount voucher to be used in The Stable Bar after the talk.

Advanced booking is essential. Book Here.


About the Speaker: 

Cany Ash founded Ash Sakula Architects with Robert Sakula, in 1994. The practice was Supreme Winner in the 2016 Housing Design Award for the Malings, a riverside neighbourhood in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 2017 its 475 home Wickside project was Overall Winner in the New London Architecture Awards. Currently designing 700 homes using the concept of ‘deliberate communities’ along the river in Lewes for developers Human Nature and inventing post pandemic uses for two old department stores in the town of Bedford and city of Peterborough.

Alongside its architectural work, Ash Sakula has pursued ‘constructive propaganda’ through a series of projects captured in short films and websites. Collective Custom Build, Adaptable Neighbourhoods, the Lightbox House and the Meanwhile London Caravanserai all champion people and their livelihoods against a backdrop of thoughtless land assembly for development, and demolition of worthwhile structures.