BALFRON TOWERDISECTING GOLDFINGERS ARCHITECTURE
Invited by the British Council to interact with their site based project at Balfron Tower, Poplar, we elaborated on our earlier project: ‘Offcuts’. Reusing the same waste materials collected from studios and workshops across London, we made a building/playset by drilling as many holes as we could manage into the waste pieces.
Contributors or players were then invited to create their own architectural structures. Through an initial work book they were encouraged to comment on the mood, touch, and gravity of the building; and eventually to play with built tension using the component parts.
THINKING ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURE OF THESE HOUSING SCHEMES, USING WHAT ARE ESSENTIALLY TOYS COULD MAKE PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE, AND SOCIAL DESIGN ALOT MORE ACCESSIBLE.
Creating a set of tools/a game that could be enjoyed by any age group whether having a background or knowledge of architecture/building or not, opened up the playing field for talking about housing, with those that chose to play and engage during the day. It made us think deeper into how regeneration of an area, or of buildings need to look hard and listen to people of all ages who have and will grow up in these area’s.
Having a hands on set of play blocks acted as a distraction to engage further in discussion around the social housing, space, and community in our rapidly changing cityscape.
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