The last few years has seen a significant growth of co-working spaces that operate in the adapted shells of buildings whose original purpose has become redundant. The premise of operating together with shared facilities seems to be a good economic model where different businesses can share the costs and in turn network, expanding business opportunities. Many of these co-worker spaces are owned and run by other corporate businesses which have used the opportunity to brand the interiors with their own corporate identity, which at a glance would seem business-like, friendly and fun. However, what of the individual company, what of their identity – how does this manifest itself as separate and distinct entity? One such business is the WIRE, a music and performance magazine that supports and reflects the work of grass-roots musicians and performance artists across the world. They describe themselves as "pathologically independent". It is essential that the WIRE occupy their own space in order to keep their original values and philosophies true as much through the space that they occupy as in the copy that they write.
The WIRE have in the past considered sharing workspace with like-minded performance-interested companies, so does this ask the question whether sharing space with compatible, or other businesses attuned to your genre is a way forward? Or does the grass-roots approach suggest that independence is independent and that this provides the edge, the self-determination that allows unconventional behaviours and interactions, and opportunities to occur, where companies are open to outside approaches by having an absolutely zero allegiance to others?
The building for our pathologically independent inhabitants is Stoke Newington Town Hall. Originally built in 1936, it was named the Civic Centre – the first time that this term had been used. 1936 was a period of renewed ideals of the future; the building followed the art and design precepts of the time by being in parts a solid example of Art Deco. It started with three main ideas to govern, educate and gather its community with the Council Chambers, the Library and the Assembly Hall.
Studio Int 02: State of Independence Live Project
Kaye Newman and Janette Harris
The last few years has seen a significant growth of co-working spaces that operate in the adapted shells of buildings whose original purpose has become redundant. The premise of operating together with shared facilities seems to be a good economic model where different businesses can share the costs and in turn network, expanding business opportunities. However, what of the individual company, what of their identity – how does this manifest itself as separate and distinct entity?
Studio Int 03: Portraits D’Intérieurs
Cecilia Sjoholm and Iain Hales
Taking the notion ‘room portrait’ – the idea that a room may describe an individual as well as a portraitist might – the studio will develop designs for a series of rooms that are representative or evocative of a person, or a particular character, of each student’s choosing.
Studio Int 04: Im/Permeable
Andrew Siddall and Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
The way we access cultural and public buildings is fundamental to our engagement with them: how familiar, comfortable and at ease we are within them, and the degree to which we feel a sense of ownership of them. We will focus on scenography: the site and building as an architectural stage set, choreographing immersive interactions and creating a ‘theatre of the everyday’.
Studio Int 05: Aberrant Architecture
Kevin Haley and Sam Brown
After 29 March 2019 the UK will have to re-think its identity and question who is Britain? This impending date marks our exit of the European Union and the start of a new chapter in British history. With every culture, sub-culture and tribe comes a unique set of identities, rituals, traditions, customs, myths and folklore.