Final presentations

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Student Will O’Brien presenting his final portfolio to Ann Frankel, the Nightingale project lead for Hackney Council, in the end-of-year exhibition at the University of East London.

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Nightingale Design Surgery

At a design surgery at PEER gallery today, we discussed our emerging proposals with Nightingale residents, discussed their ideas about the future of the estate, and translated various scenarios into models, to enable residents to better understand the implications of the future redevelopment.

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Social Condenser at PEER gallery

Unit 10 has produced a site specific installation for the Real Estates exhibition at PEER gallery. The Social Condenser

The facade mockup is modelled on a nearby public housing estate, which has recently served as a focal point for the London housing debate. By entering a gap in-between its inside and outside faces, the visitor is also placed in-between two views of public housing: the view from the outside (estates as a blight or a societal aspiration?); and the view from the inside (London as a communal home or an encroaching threat?). This is a place of discussion that acts as an extension to the exhibition and an invite to the passer-by.

Commissioned by PEER and Fugitive Images.

Legoland

Anastasia, Azrul, Will and I went to Beacontree for a screening of Legoland by Verity-Jane Keefe. The film traces the redevelopment of the Goresbrook Village high rise housing into a tightly knit and strangely autonomous mini-village of contemporary terraced houses. One of the roads had been filled with rows of seats and closed off with the screen, the new and as yet unoccupied houses forming the envelope to this communal auditorium.

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Reality Check

IMG_4060Today we were able to discuss our emerging design ideas with those directing the Nightingale Estate regeneration, who kindly agreed to attend a presentation and provide feedback. Ann Frankel and Rachel Bagenal are the project managers of the London Borough of Hackney, and Nick Ecob is leading the design team at Karacusevic Carson architects, who are heading the masterplanning design team.

What makes a community

Armo and me went to a screening of Estate: A Reverie at the Rio today. A steady look at the lives of residents of Haggerston Estate over seven years, the film traces the constituting base of a community about to undergo dramatic change – the estate was demolished and replaced with mixed tenure housing, with most residents being re-housed following a long but successful campaign. At the Q&A, Andrea described how during the resettlement process, residents had fought for qualities they new were essential to re-form a community: pepper-potting (the mixing of private sales and social rented flats), and the opening of public spaces to the canal, to partake in the live of the canal, and vice versa.

There was also a delightful number of campaigners including the March For Homes on the 31st of Jan.

Adjacency of experience

Darryl, Jehoshaphat, Ken and myself enjoyed The Sixth Housing Estate: Every Wall Has Two Sides by Brandon Labelle at the South London Gallery. His obervations of the home as a safe haven form which we project outwards into the publicness, and the deduced question as to how a public domain could be constructed that includes the familar, resonated with me in relation to the work on interfaces we are doing. His outlook, as well as that of the other participants he had invited, at first seemed more fitting to a time prior to the intense segregation processes we are witnessing in London. But as we loose the experience of adjacencies of difference (where a social housing estate was never more than a stone throw away), and with that the adjacency of experience (how people from different circumstances shape their neighbourhood in different ways), imagery and narrative like those presented might in fact become more effective bridge building mechanisms between parting life experiences.