Studio 2 will firstly explore the notion of Escapism by looking at the future of retail design, its response to both the new generation of immersive and physical spaces that allow the consumer to participate and generate meaningful and expressive spatial experiences. We are challenging the world of consumerism, can these aspirational and theatrical spaces respond to the community as much as the individual? Can they react to change? Can these spaces reach out to the public, initiating innovative exchanges of goods and spatial interaction but with a sense of responsibility?
Through a series of workshops working with retail design practices the studio will explore:
- Place Making: Investigating non space and how to revive, re- invent and invigorate space
- Colour impact: How it connects with message, meaning and memory
- Transient Space: Through a series of models how do we liberate space so that it can respond, perhaps travel and interact?
Following this, the studio will be asked to investigate the desires of those that have been displaced from their homes and community. What do they require from a temporary home? What is home? Could this home have a second purpose, share other space and take on a sense of hybridity?
Often those that have escaped or been displaced have to leave behind not just belongings but memories, pets, routines, friendships, jobs all of which build the notion of home and settlement. The state of temporary and transient is often understood as basic and meeting essential needs. But are we making the situation worse by compounding the level of adversity? Because of climate change and catastrophic accidents, disasters hit Londoners every year, surely it’s time to look at a significant response to this sensitive and enduring situation.
Project: [E]scape: Retail Innovation
Project 2: Nexus: The new transient hybrid home
Studio Int 02: Action Stations
Kaye Newman, Janette Harris and Beata Szwast
Studio 2 will firstly explore the notion of Escapism by looking at the future of retail design.
Studio Int 03: Factories+
Andy Merritt, Simon Petty, Anne Thomas and Paul Smyth
This studio will look into how different forms of industry can reintroduce factories back into the centre of London for the benefit of both people and the natural world.
Studio Int 04: 24hr Transform-Atrium
Andrew (Sid) Siddall and Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
Studio 4 has a dual focus on 24hour Transformations and Atrium spaces.
Studio Int 05: Aberrant Architecture
Kevin Haley and Sam Brown
As a studio we want to comment and be critical on future modes of living, leaving behind the banality of mono-function and explore and challenge the traditional models of what happens behind closed doors.