Re-imagining High Streets

Station Square: Initial proposal by Ekramul Robbani

Studio 3 worked on the Austin Estate in Hayes in the last two years – this year, we have moved to the High Street and the backyards that support it.

The Austin Estate lies adjacent to the High Street, facing the blank walls of the loading bays and car parks, but also brick walls screening courtyards used for storage, play, access to homes and the sale of a large selection of shoes.

On the other side of the High Street, the yards form a network of neglected wilderness, parking, dumping grounds and workshops. These spaces are connected to the High Street through alleyways, and have the potential to create new links – to the Austin Estate, and to the schools and residential areas beyond.

The links between this and last year’s programme go beyond the physical links; one of the Studio 3 students is working with the women running the Austin Estate Sewing Club, which came together through events organised by last year’s student Susan Kudo.

Others have developed project ideas through events on the High Street in November, which included a paper engineering workshop for children, a gramophone installation, a printing studio and dance and parkour events.

The studio aims to address the more challenging aspects of Hayes’ transformation from a vibrant but economically struggling centre to a rapidly growing Cross Rail hub with prescribed aspirations.

Throughout the year, the studio has presented the projects in Hayes to local organisations and council representatives, and the conversations have drawn out particular links and local narratives. A proposal for example for a bicycle workshop re-imagines how bikes which had been purchased by the council but have yet to find a home could be used, and the ambition to create a canoe club is part of a project looking at the potential of a canal inlet and adjacent industrial site.

The body of projects will be presented in Hayes at the end of the year to show a re-imagining of what the future may hold for Hayes.


Projects

Station Square

Initial proposal by Ekramul Robbani

Action Day in Hayes

"Parkour" by Ekramul Robbani with Eglantina Hoxa

Integrating Austin’s sewing club into new backyard activities

Strategy drawing by Milana Raic

Sewing Club, Austin Estate

Working together, initiated by Milana Raic

Back Spaces and Back Yards of Hayes High Street

Mapping by Milana Raic

"Giebelhaus" High Street historic precedent

Historic precedent by Milana Raic

Action Day in Hayes

Printing Workshop initiated by Senanur Seker

Gramophone Juke Box

Action Day by Helio Santos

Action Day in Hayes

Reading Corner by Victoria Aky

Action Day in Hayes

Poster by Gurpal Singh Kular

Connecting the Austin Estate to the High Street

by Milana Raic

Meeting the clients

Hayes presentation, 30 January 2015

Masterplan for the Station Area

Proposal by Eglantina Hoxa and Ekramul Robbani

Music in the Underpass

Activity initiated by Egle Radinaite

Action Day in Hayes

Dance Studio initiated by Htik

Action Day in Hayes - “Make your own High Street”

Initiated by Andrew O’Donnell

Musical Bicycle

by Emily Wheeler

Bicycle network meeting in Hayes

11 February 2015, Emily Wheeler

Hayes location in London

Mapping by Ekramul Robbani

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