Catherine Mollett: Hull City Region

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Gentlemen's Public Lavatory, Market Place, Hull, 1901 - 1902. Urinal stalls with glazed ceramic columns.

 

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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.

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Catarina de Almeida Brito: Escudo de Comporta

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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.

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As the heritage boom continues to accelerate, the potential resale value of a product can become the dominant factor when determining its worth in the primary market. Beanie Babies were one of the most collectable items of the 1990’s, at their peak accounting for 10% of all eBay searches. ‘Cleanie Beanie’ uses the brand’s ability to manipulate potential resale value in order to dominate the household goods market, where competition is vast but product differentiation is minimal.

Emmeline Quigley

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ZUOQIAN WANG food tray

This consumer good is an intelligent tray which can accommodate different kinds of food according to their shapes and volume. For example, after a meal it will trace the wasted food materials and record what type and how much do people waste in a meal.

Polly Pocket ‘Luxury Living’

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Employing the naivety of child’s play, ‘Polly Pocket Luxury Living’ aims to show the importance of use-value over exchange-value in the organisation of space in the city.

Polly Pocket is traditionally a children’s toy disguised within an object that adheres to the adult’s world, for example a pocket mirror.  Opening the polly pocket reveals an inspired environment housing the Polly doll.

Within the Polly Pocket ‘Luxury Living’ cash box, layers of bedsit apartments isolate the Pollys. In playing with the toy however, the child breaks down the uniform walls of the ‘Luxury Living’ world to rebuild a more fun and useful series of public spaces for the Dolls to interact outside of their domestic cells. The cash box is of more value to the child as a toy  than its expected use; as an object for wealth accumulation.

 

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Homemade artisan soaps

The branding of each soap emphasises the address of the soap’s place of manufacture: home enterprises which often exist off grid and out of sight. The set explores the universality of home businesses, celebrates an emerging business model and envisions a future revival of self-sufficient local economies which operate virtually on a local and international spectrum.

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These folk hero figurines & charm bracelets personify rights lost or currently under threat in the United Kingdom. Each was created in reaction to recent legislation: the Trade Union Bill, the Housing Bill and the Anti-Terrorism Act, and is intended to create a tangible manifestation, as a home ornament or personal effect, of hard-won rights.

Cecily Chua