Happy new year!
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London Coventry is a blueprint for how industry can play a productive role in the future of mixed-use development and an antidote to the monoculture of urban peripheries.
Remixing edge and centre, luxury and popular, mobility and comfort, emerging manufacturing techniques sample the post-war city to create a poly-centric aerotropolis edge-city structured by a series of industry-enticing ‘enterprise zone market crosses’.
With emerging manufacturing techniques come new and difficult labour and social relations. As people’s behaviours alter through the inception of autonomous travel, and Coventry modifies its relationship with London, tensions begin to arise and are played out through the project.
Murky Waters proposes a counter-regeneration strategy for London’s Docklands, a heavily overwritten area littered with the results of late twentieth-century masterplans and economic zoning. Drawing on a rich history of conflict (including between Thatcher’s London Docklands Development Company and The People’s Plan for the Royal Docks, a popular movement aided by the GLC in coalition with local campaign groups) the project is an experiment exploring the possibilities unlocked by embracing conflict as a creative and necessary design agent in the planning of contested sites.
Sited within the LLDC ‘site’ boundary, the project uses real tensions present in 3 large-scale proposed developments as the catalysts for creating new democratic typologies which reflect multiple desires.
Cities, like people, vie for popularity and friendship. Current Devolution proposals will lead to Hull being the only city of the North not part of a wider City Region – a form of social isolation at planning scale. Hull’s physical and social isolation is an opportunity for the city to challenge traditional notions of success. Refusing to play by George Osborne’s rules the city applies to devolve as a City Region of one, and uses these devolved powers to rethink the top-down regeneration strategies normally pushed onto ‘failing cities’.
The new strategies are rolled out across Hull in varying intensities, explored through the story of what happens next on two contrasting sites and how these evolving narratives feed back into the strategies – city planning through the messy reality of the human scale. All the narratives are taken from reality but contain a possibility, sometimes absurd, but no more absurd than real life.
Escudo da Comporta is a rural masterplan of an agricultural estate in Alentejo, Portugal.
Comporta is an area in Portugal whose landscape and population have been subject to various pressures and epic injustices. In the past three centuries the area’s value has been claimed by its owners, the Portuguese Crown at first, rice farming enterprises after, and, finally, the largest banking dynasty in Portugal, the Espírito Santo family. The latter became insolvent in 2014.
Escudo da Comporta uses the situation of bankruptcy to, for the first time, design the landscape and design it towards a democratic rural environment.
By combining agricultural and urban design processes the project creates a civic landscape that satisfies global pressures while fulfilling the social and civic needs of an area in great distress.