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Made in Hayes Fesitival, 2013
In 2013-14, Cass Schools of Architecture and Design were invited to continue the successful work with Hayes’ communities in 2012-13. David Brough, Chairman of Hayes Town Partnership said:
‘The work that you have done on the Austin Road Estate has introduced imaginative ways of engaging with local people… In my view the project is of real benefit to the community.”
Following the series of workshops and events on the High Street and around the Austin Estate in 2013, the new cohort of Architecture Studio 3 students received funding from Hillingdon Community Trust to host more events at the Austin Estate. These took place with Hillingdon Play Association in December/January, and were centred around ‘play’ as a form of active engagement and consultation.
Studio 3 designed and made ‘Conversation Kits’ to engage residents, including human chess (with Hayes Chess Club), CCTV game (with Austin Residents), sewing studio (with Austin Residents), Estate Postal Service (for Austin Residents), Austin Roaming Band (with Austin’s children), Austin’s Jukebox (Austin Residents) wind chimes and much more.
These pieces were developed into ‘clubs’ for the estate, such as the Austin Sewing Studio, Austin Carom Club, Austin Music Group, and a Gardening Club with Hillingdon Play.
The students used these engagements experience to develop their design briefs, which were presented to local partners for comment and development, and shown at the Hayes library over the Summer.
Live events and their related design proposals included: A regular slot on Hayes FM with Studio 3 as guest DJs and proposals for Hayes Radio Station Tower; Tuesday morning Austin Sewing Club which is now a constituted group funded by the HCT and proposals for the Austin Neighbourhood Centre; live performances at the Hayes Town Centre Bandstand and a proposal for the Hayes Music Academy, as well as numerous estate wide events that engaged with residents to develop Estate proposals that can be seen on Architecture Studio 3’s webpage.
BA Jewellery and Silversmithing students were also invited to carry out more projects, following their successful work for Hillingdon Play Association last year. This time the project was funded by Councillor Gardener and his Hillingdon Ward budget. Jewellery and Silversmithing Studio 4 Assorted Jewels, Hayes YMCA and Cass Projects developed a brief to engage the YMCA residents as clients in a design project.
Jewellery and Silversmithing students hosted two workshops to develop the brief and design proposals, and worked in their studio to design, build and present a Mobile Information Point for the YMCA.
The final piece was presented by the Jewellery and Silversmithers to the YMCA at a screening event at the Old Vinyl Factory in June 2014.
The fruitful relationships are ongoing with Hayes, with client liaisons taking place through Cass Projects’ Jen Ng. This year Studio 3 are developing work done on the Austin Estate, and bringing project into Hayes High Street. Jewellery and Silversmithing students have a charitable client who are commissioning a memorial for a high profile Charity Worker, to appear in the High St in 2015. We look forward to these, and other projects in Hayes!
More about this project
In 2012 John McDonnell MP (Lab, Hayes and Harlington) invited The Cass Schools of Art, Architecture and Design to propose and establish public arts and architecture projects in Hayes:
“We want to explore the potential for launching over the next few years a series of public arts projects in Hayes that could create a focal point for community activity.”
As a response to this, The Cass Schools are developing the Made in Hayes programme, a series of public art, architecture and design projects initiated by Cass students that will take place in Hayes over the coming years. All projects will consider what great things have been, are being and will be made in Hayes, and generate ideas about how the town can continue to flourish.
So far projects include: Silversmithing and Jewellery students working with Hillingdon Play Association to produce designs and make ‘gifts’ as awards for Volunteer Play Ambassadors; MA Fine Art and Photography students working with the ex EMI factory site, Architecture Studio 3 working with Grow Heathrow and the Austin Estate to develop a community gardening initiative, and Spatial Planning and Urban Design producing a manifesto for Hayes about Hayes.
In December, MA Photography and MA Fine Art hosted an event at Hayes Bandstand, where they showed images of work they had captured at the ex EMI factory, and asked passers by ‘Do you remember your first record?’ John McDonnell MP brought along his record - Please Please Me by The Beatles, which was played on the Bandstand along with The Clash and Edith Piaf.
Architecture Studio 3 with Grow Heathrow and Hillingdon Play Association hosted a ‘Talking, Playing, Growing’ event at the Austin Estate where the students tested their ‘Conversation Kits’ to discuss Community Gardening. These had been developed through engagement with Abbey Gardens Community Garden in Stratford. Grow Heathrow provided teas grown on their gardens, and Hillingdon Play Association brought play equipment that included a slack line strung between trees on the Estate. This event started an engagement process with the Estate.
The projects have also recently negotiated the use of an empty Shop on Hayes High Street, which we hope to be inhabiting soon. This will be used as a base for projects to host conversations, workshops, exhibitions, and other events. Watch that space!
More Cass Projects
Cass Student work is shown at the Huguenot Church, Soho Square
Huguenot Projects work from across the School was exhibited at the French Protestant Church on Soho Square as part of Soho Create Festival 2015.
Updates on The Cass 'Made in Hayes' projects
The Cass ‘Made in Hayes’ cross school projects started in 2012/13, and Studios across the Schools of Art, Architecture and Design have continued to build on their work in the Hayes area since then.
The cross-school project for 2015/16
Following the success of last year’s Huguenot projects shown at the Soho Create festival, The Cass has been invited back to show in 2016 with a new brief: ‘The Spirit of Soho’.
A collaboration with The Cass and Sir John Soane's Museum
7 Architectural Units at The Cass were invited by Robert Mull and the Director of Sir John Soane's Museum to respond to the theme of the Primitive Hut.
Cross-Faculty project inspired by the Huguenots history
Inspired by the rich history of the Huguenots, many of whom settled in and around East London.
Architectural design competition with St Botolph without Aldgate Church and the Cass Projects Office.
Students of architecture at The Cass, London Metropolitan University studying their Part II and Part III were invited to submit concept drawings for a new hall that responds to the needs of the church, the community and the area.
Updates on The Cass Made in Hayes projects
Following the series of workshops and events on the High Street and around the Austin Estate in 2013, the new cohort of Architecture Studio 3 students received funding from Hillingdon Community Trust to host more events at the Austin Estate.
Working with local public and private bodies in Hayes to propose and develop projects in the town centre and surrounding area.
EMI records archives
A cross-disciplinary project, with 20 different groups of students engaging in products based in and developed in response to the area of Aldgate in East London.
The School of Design launches its inaugural Project ‘DESIGN/shift’. A time for evolution/ r-evolution through design research & professional practice activities & events to critique & re-imagine the contemporary Design School.
The School of Architecture continues to co-ordinate the Brazil Study Programme to explore transformative outcomes for a new approach to urbanism and professional collaboration.
Conversation Pieces were chosen for the Olympic Dressing Initiative by the GLA to be deployed in the City of London, Whitechapel and Spitalfields during the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012.
Kachhpura in Agra, India
An on-going live project focused on water, waste and sanitation in the settlement of Kachhpura in Agra, India. Projects have received continued support and funding from the Water Trust.
Quarry worker settlements in Navi Mumbai, India
Two quarry classrooms for children’s bridge classes were constructed by students, researchers and local communities at Baban Seth quarry (March 2010) and Tata Press quarry.
Kaningo in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Members of the Projects Office and students from the Architecture school at the Cass have been collaborating with Freetown and the Sierra Leonian NGO Community Empowerment Support Organisation (CESO)
Providence Row is a charitable organisation located on Wentworth Street in East London.
New Reception classroom
ASD Projects was approached by Kingsmead Primary School in Hackney London and invited to design a new reception classroom, outdoor learning space and parents’ waiting area.
Live Project by Undergraduate Studio 3
The project was initiated by Studio 3 for a set of informal cultural organisations in Kronberg, Germany, started in June 2009.
New architecture school and an international research centre in Sancti Spiritus
London Met and ASD have entered negotiations with the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education and the Universities of Sancti Spíritus and Santa Clara in Cuba to establish a new architecture faculty and an international research centre in Sancti Spiritus.
A Schools Design Capacity Building programme to share ideas to help improve the quality of school design and innovation for the DCSF’s school investment programmes including Primary Capital Projects and Building Schools for the Future over a three- year period.
Studio 3's proposal for a canoe hub in Hayes
This booklet documents the work that Architecture Studio 3 has done to explore the use of a shipping container to provide a shelter for canoeing club The Sharks in Hayes.
Recent news from The Cass
BA Fine Art graduate named as winner of a national award.
Musarc, the architectural choir/research project based at The Cass, has announced details of their 2017 Christmas Concert.
Half of the shortlisted designs in the London Festival of Architecture competition are by practices led by Cass alumni.
Cass Fine art alumna participates in major exhibition exploring role of digital technologies in art.
A London Met academic has written the first in-depth study of Amitabh Bachan’s film career and star persona.
Cass Theatre and Performance alumna explores madness in Shakespeare's plays.
“Without the support and championship the University showed me, I wouldn't be here now,” says London Met alumnus.
Furniture and Product Design students went on a cultural trip to Eindhoven, featuring visits to museums and creative spaces.
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
Cass alumna's project and paper explores the therapeutic benefits of creativity during illness
A London Metropolitan University graduate’s debut novel is due for publication in November 2017.
Kickstarter for creatives: Leading Designers and Makers discuss the power of the crowd – 28 November 2017
London Met raises awareness of homelessness in London with a Textile Design project.
Fergus Feilden and Edmund Fowles, who lead undergraduate Architecture Studio 11 on The Cass’s BA Architecture, have won a prestigious design competition.
An intimate group art exhibition featuring the work of three alumni of The Cass will open on 10 November.