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Forgotten Spaces 2011 shortlisted: Inhabited Wall by Roberta Castellazzi, Rosemary Hervey and Dalina Gashi

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[Tower Hamlets] The project aims to create potential for interaction and social integration between the diverse groups of local inhabitants in this part of London society

We propose to inhabit pockets within an existing piece of valuable nineteenth century urban fabric and bring this disused arched wall, which stands in the shadows of its successor, back to life. This is done by providing moments of unforced transient interaction between the two inhabitants within the same place. The site exists as a 24-hour cycle where at night the site is dedicated to the homeless inhabitants alone, providing a space for privacy and potential permanence.

At night the site is dedicated to the homeless inhabitants alone

These pockets of shelter, which can be appropriated according to need or preference, act as a linear community but still maintain the possibility for independence of the inhabitants, creating an intended sense of belonging. By day, the shelters are retracted opening up the site as a public recreational outdoor space. The end walls, which enclose the shelters at night, become seating elements and feature elements for skaters, and horizontally mirror the rhythm of the arches in the existing viaduct wall.

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