The Studio is interested in how play can act as a mediator between boundaries to actively engage the community and make strong connections. Can a sense of playfulness be brought back to our streets and urban spaces to re-energize the community through experiential activities and events? Our investigations concentrate on specific sites in and around Tottenham, an area that is signalled as London’s next growth opportunity and has strong plans for regeneration. Working with Make-Room, an art and architecture collective and Haringey Council on live project proposals, we are connecting with community groups in Tottenham to bring about innovative and long lasting change.
These investigations employ play. Play as research tool and play as a negotiator to intervene in the site through a series of thresholds, spaces and buildings within a boundary in Tottenham. Research findings are communicated as part of a Pop Up event, ‘Living Archive’ exhibition in collaboration with Make-Room, and a series of play structures/ interventions proposed to engage the local community. In the first phase, activities are concerned with research methods to learn about the site, social and spatial practices, mapping and investigation through site research, moving onto propositions for a collection of play structures. In the second phase, research is built on in response to real client/users needs and proposals for interventions around cultural and social activities, experiential events, points for social interaction, community activities and social playgrounds.
Phase One - ‘Threshold of Difference’
You will be tasked to take a group journey of research and discovery to specific sites in Tottenham and experience walking as a spatial practice. You will document and map the history, industry and community stories producing a film and drawings. Building on the research you will then identity your interior position and formulate the research findings in a ‘play’ intervention through three set exercises.
Phase Two – Experiential Thresholds
Create a story, an event to engage the community ‘played out’ in the streets of Tottenham.
The high street is a representation of the local community and is a physical device for which the community has a representation and events are ‘played out’. Connecting with research in Phase One, second years are invited to focus their main project on Tottenham High Road developing briefs and designs with the local community, artists and the London Borough of Haringey.
Third year major project focus is to select a defined site within Tottenham and propose an intervention that connects to prior research. Impressive vacant buildings are open to develop links with potential clients and formulate design briefs.
Megan Beck - Make-Room/ TEA Architects - Living Archive
Patrick Jones - Haringey Council Tottenham Regeneration Team
Peter Trill – professional mentor
Private View: Tuesday 10th June 6-10pm
Opening times: Wednesday 11th - Saturday 21st June
Central House (3rd floor)
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF (see map)
Monique Naomi Denis
A Aurelia Kouaho
Anh Tuyet Tran