Planit-IE has recently joined forces with an award-winning collective of designers, makers and urbanists who are all coming together to create a new studio model in a concerted effort to bring about and participate in authentic change across our towns and cities.
Formerly know as OH OK LTD, Joe Hartley, Jess Higham and Ben Young have joined the Altrincham-based design practice Planit-IE to help establish a parallel studio within a studio, which will be exploring and operating in the overlap between design, fabrication, performance and architecture. Standard Practice will take a more DIY approach to the built environment to ensure that the human component of public space isn’t overlooked.
The Creative Principal, Ben Young said:
“Joe, Jess and I have been working alongside Planit-IE since our founding. We share common values, goals and a love of honest community engagement. What we do should be standard practice for anyone working within new and changing communities. When a new place is designed, beautiful CGIs are populated with communities of people that simply don’t exist yet; too often there is no clear plan to ensure that the drawings develop into the thriving and well-performing communities that they depict. This is the job of Standard Practice.”
The Design Director of Planit-IE, Lindsay Humblet comments:
“At Planit-IE we strive to conceive, design and deliver intelligent, people-centred environments. The Standard Practice team are expert in ensuring that these places are activated and adopted by their communities and remain exciting, collaborative and critically engaging beyond completion dates.
“We have worked with the Standard Practice team for a few years now and welcoming them into the Planit-IE family represents a fantastic statement of intent for our twentieth year in business – we refuse to rest on our laurels.
Together we will continue to evolve and innovate, learning from each other and exciting and surprising our clients with new ideas.”
Standard Practice will mainly focus around public spaces, throw neighbourhood parties and operate urban fabrication facilities. One of their current projects includes a 12-month creative residency in Old Bank, a screen-printing workshop that’s reimaged as the third Everest Basecamp and a nomadic cycle café and pottery.