Latest news from the Hackney Gazette:
A new Hackney Arts Centre is set to open at the derelict Art Deco Savoy Cinema, just up from the Rio Cinema.
This is interesting news for us, unit A, as it's really set within the same context, just north of our Dalston study area. It also seems to employ similar techniques of alternative spatial production, supported by investors that are interested in social value and gains for the wider community, rather than greedy short-term thinking.
It shows that your briefs and programmes that attempt to build stronger ties within the local community and strengthen social infrastructure is what is emerging right now in Dalston. Your work is therefore extremely relevant. You are right in the middle of that debate! This should act as encouragement to pursue your projects further at highest levels of motivation and work output.
The lecture we gave yesterday contained some examples of graphic representations that attempt to communicate change; for example change over a timeframe, change of occupation, change of activities, change of the space itself... While your building proposals now evolve through means of two-dimensional drawings (plans & sections) we are interested to see how your thinking about opportunity for change will influence the designs. Make drawings that present evidence of this critical thinking and include notions of change alongside or within your orthographic representations of the building proposals.
posted by CJ at 21:05
Interesting drawings on show this week until 3rd March by Publica in Clerkenwell. Worth checking out. Looks relevant to our discussions about alternative forms of production of space for Dalstons' creative community. More info on exhibition here.
posted by CJ at 11:16
posted by CJ at 20:00
What became clear during the constructive debate at the Open Studios Event, is that interventions to the different project sites will require a combination of both strategic and architectural thinking. An approach that understands architecture more as an adaptive condition, a kind of hybrid. (the opposite of architecture as an idea of static entity or singular typology).
A key quality observed within Dalston derives from an understanding of space that is shared by a multiplicity of different networks and user-groups which necessitates co-existence and overlap: A kind of porous condition and testing ground enabling various forms of social, cultural and entrepreneurial experimentation. Proposals will need to make provisions to enable this phenomenon to continue.
While the permanent parts of the proposed architectural interventions will establish a new "fixed" and permanent spatial condition, the question is how projects sites can maintain critical opportunities for the informal, experimental and adaptive use at the same time?
Many thanks to all guest critics, especially Heidi Moxon and Moto Auraa Kawakami.
posted by CJ at 15:56
Here is a list with links to some of Ashwin's street local organisations. We have met some of them last week already and seen the spaces they operate from. We will meet more this Friday...
Eastern Curve Garden
Eastern Curve Garden
posted by CJ at 17:10