How will you be living in twenty-years time? What type of house will you live in and whom might you be living with – your parents, your grandchildren, friends? These are some of the questions that the Threshold team asked architects and the public as part of a pop-up pavilion at TEDxBrighton on 26 October 2012 at Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange.
The pavilion, designed as a one-storey house, looked at issues surrounding housing and the way we live in response to the TEDxBrighton theme of The Generation Gap. Situated in the Dome’s Founders Room the pavilion featured films of people’s responses to these questions and more and invited TEDx audience members and the public to get involved in the city housing debate by filming their own responses or posting a written response through the pavilion’s letterboxes.
A interactive display map of Brighton & Hove also featured, showing what types of housing are where in the city and the walls depict various styles of living, from traditional to concept homes.
The pavilion was designed and built through the magnificent effort of Leith McKenzie of Un[Lab] –  a time-lapse video of the pavilions’ construction can be seen here:
Content created on the day will go into an online and exhibited library of talking heads that will grow over time, discussing a variety of topics in relation to the built environment.
Olli Blair, co-founder of Threshold and director of a:b:i:r, comments: ‘Housing is a pressing issue for Brighton and Hove and for the western world as we experience an ageing population. Threshold is using the opportunity of TEDxBrighton to get the people of our city to think about how they live now and how they want to in the future and to feed into the debate and solution-finding with architects’.
Threshold is a pop-up architecture and built environment centre demonstrating how architects and associated creative professionals can adapt, reuse, transform and re-invent the spaces around us, presenting an exhibition and programme of public events on the theme of inhabiting un[der]-used space(s).

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