Raise the Roof is a collaborative research project exploring how historic and contemporary vernacular architecture emerges from the landscape, culture and community of particular places.
Through a series of participatory projects with artists, land trusts, architects, conservationists, historians and craftspeople, the aim is to demonstrate the ecological and social potential of creating new community spaces from locally sourced skills and materials.
Alongside a series of permanent buildings, temporary structures and art installations, we are also documenting and communicating the process with films and books. The aim of the project, whilst deeply rooted in Dorset, is to become a model for similar approaches to community architecture in other places, both withing the UK and abroad.
Owen Griffiths in Carmarthenshire
Harriet and Rob Fraser in Cumbria
Assemble in Lincoln
Clementine Blakemore in Dorset
Support or find out more about Raise the Roof:
An ecology of chance
Winter Lectures at Hooke Park
Artist residencies, woodland festival
An exhibition at Hooke Park, Dorset