Studio 3 will work with Rotherhithe communities, questioning how the unprecedented events of 2020 that have driven commuters, visitors and opportunists away from the inner city, call for new spaces to live and work in.
Whereas the first two decades of the century have seen gentrification and real estate development push locals away from their sought-after neighbourhoods, erasing the cultural tolerance of London; might the decades ahead hold a different fate for inner-city communities? If so, how should the Canada Water Action Area Plan adapt to this urban exodus of our time, so as not to become yet another ruin to capitalism and commercial development once commuters work from home?
In the first semester, Studio 3 will survey and intervene in the Brunel Museum, whilst simultaneously researching its community and historical development. We will understand their values and ways of living, designing for and with them. If Rotherhithe ceases to be a satellite of the City and Canary Wharf, how might the museum re-position itself in the community, becoming an active catalyst for community resilience?
Interiors Year 3 Studio 01: Rise and Shine
Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros, Andrew Siddall
We will investigate the performative nature of interior design; the temporary and transformative, choreographing flexible work rest and play spaces, connecting the public with the city on a 24 hour cycle. In the current climate our human instinct to connect and touch is deeply affected. Are we experiencing a form of 'sensory deprivation'? How can we devise innovative solutions to re-engage our senses and invigorate the day-scape and night-scape of the city - from day to night; from night to day?
Interiors Year 3 Studio 02: London Calling
Kaye Newman, Janette Harris, Cristina Morbi
The studio is concerned with the notion of transience and transition of people within space. What opportunities are emerging from the temporal environment? How can these non-places have better connection and relevance, be active and a catalyst for change? The studio will explore the notion of transience and transition through two projects situated in Euston Station.