The Architecture Foundation is set to stage three key events aimed at improving life in the city.
The first is a two-stage international ideas competition to promote city living, organised with the Peabody Trust, sponsored by British Steel and, significantly, endorsed by the Urban Task Force as a demonstration project. 'Living in the City' aims to raise awareness of the potential of developing brownfield sites with high densities and to encourage new approaches to urban housing, using as its subject the Railtrack-owned Bishopsgate Goods Yard in Tower Hamlets, London. Four finalists will receive £5000 to develop their proposals alongside several invited international design teams. All proposals will be publicly displayed at the Design Museum next January. To be judged by Piers Gough, the Manhattan Loft Corporation's Harry Handelsman, foundation chairman Lord Rogers, environmentalist Herbert Girardet and others, the competition will be launched along with the second of the events - a 'mini' exhibition of exemplary housing projects. The show at the foundation begins on 26 May and features work by Goldfinger, Jacobson, Erskine and Co-op Himmelbau.
The final event is more specifically aimed at regenerating Newham, East London. The Architecture Foundation is staging 'Design Festivals' on five Saturdays this month, when architects will mix with locals to generate ideas. Next Saturday Birds Portchmouth Russum will be on hand to create a new vision for Little Illford, alongside talks, performances, installations, and workshops. The 'Make a Change' event takes place between 11.00 and 16.00 at the Jack Cornwell Community Centre, Jack Cornwell Street, Newham. On Saturday 29 May, Ushida Findlay Architecture will help to create a new vision for Gerry Raffles Square and future public spaces around Stratford Picture House and the derelict Theatre Royal. It takes place at Stratford Shopping Centre and Gerry Raffles Square.
fat was involved in another design festival last weekend at 'The Alice' in Forest Gate, building a totem pole of 'memorable' items brought by locals. The practice is charged with responding to the Space project - looking at the public wcs on the corner of Romford Road and Upton Lane. Final proposals from each of the architects as a result of the collaborative processes will be unveiled in July.
More information from Jemima Burrill on 0171 839 9389.