THE POWER OF MAKING: WHAT MAKES A ‘PLACE’ ?
A community on the periphery: making goods for the City
Brick Lane, is on the periphery of the City of London – it is this peripheral location that has defined its attraction and use since medieval times.
At the same time immigrant populations such as the French Huguenots chose to settle her and brought skills in silk weaving. Wealthy merchants built terrace houses and master weavers built mansions, still standing in the area. Successive waves of immigration included the Irish (linen) weavers followed by Ashkenazi Jews and Bangladeshis. These trades are still in evidence although have recently become displaced by new populations and activities. More recently artists and students have colonised the industrial buildings for use as studios, clubs and exhibition halls. This coupled with pressure from the City which is expanding means the area is undergoing rapid change and development.
Our work serves as an introduction to the area and is part of the Faculty-wide Aldgate Project.
THE POWER OF MAKING: USING ‘MAKING’ TO TRANSFORM PLACES
Our job is to document the site, then to come up with a visual manifestos and briefs for the proposed transformation of Brick Lane “using the power of making to transform our sites”. The power of making includes ideas about manufacture and making of any kind, involving food, objects or education and services.
Our spatial manifestos explore what we are designing, using what and why. They are intuitive spatial responses that explore our initial conceptual ideas. These manifestos will be displayed in the Gallery at Spring House from 20th Feb – 27th Feb.
Scratch and Sniff
This work will help us to further develop a detailed concept & program (use + user) for our final spatial designs (building + interior) projects. It’s all about observing, recording,
researching the communities who will inhabit your design and the site where it is located.
Finally, a building or interior. Just what you would imagine.