Studio 3: Street Play

Studio Philosophy 

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.

Project Briefs

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


Exhibition Details

P.V. Tuesday 10th June, 6-10pm
Opens Wed 11th - Sat 21st June
Venue Studio 3: Street Play
Studio Studio 1: Unspoken Revolution
Course Interior Design BA (Hons)
Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons)


 Town Hall Interior

Patricia Pascoal 


Sofija Leover 


Sofija Leover 


Sofija Leover 

 Contemplation in Rush

Sofija Leover 

 Echo Passage

Sofija Leover 


Sofija Leover 

 Light Space

Sofija Leover 


Sofija Leover 


Sofija Leover 


Sofija Leover 

 Unifying Community

Sofija Leover 


Tanisha Shafiqullah 

 Tottenham Context Map
Tottenham Context Map

Tanisha Shafiqullah 


Tanisha Shafiqullah 

 Street Play Kit
Street Play Kit

Tanisha Shafiqullah 

Private View: Tuesday 10th June 6-10pm

Opening times: Wednesday 11th - Saturday 21st June
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Sat 11am-6pm
Sun 11am-4pm

Central House (3rd floor)
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF (see map)

Trine Andresen
Jacqueline Awanle
Fahmida Choudhury
Monique Naomi Denis
Monika Dudela
Janan Hassan
Charlotte Helmore
Nora Hussein
A Aurelia Kouaho
Johnson Lai
Amanda Mariga
Audrey Millot
Maryam Qayumi
Mashkhal Sadiq
Tanisha Shafiqullah
Raimonda Stasiulyte
Wachida Suksuchit
Anh Tuyet Tran
Michelle Vu 

Hiba Alsaadawai
Chyan Blackwood
Anne Djengue
Curtis Dukuh
Sofija Leover
Suad Mahaed
Semone Modeste
Patricia Pascoal
Maltin Shtylla