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The Redundant Architects’ Recreation Association, East London Design Bureau

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[The Resourceful Architect] A flexible and affordable shared workspace for out-of-work architects to experiment and fabricate

The Redundant Architects’ Recreation Association (RARA) is a workspace in Clapton, London, that has been designed and built with minimum resources to be as flexible and open to creative use as possible. The space can be let out by the day, week or month, and it caters for any budget.

It provides workstations, tools and a workshop. It gives redundant architects a reason to leave the house, focus on a project, as well as experiment with materials, tools, processes and ideas. Here they can meet others with who they may share similar ideas, and perhaps even form a basis for their own future design practice.

Books such as The Craftsman by Richard Sennett are beginning to have a tangible influence on social policy, and reflect a renewed interest in craft, as well as a political and educational focus on vocational training.

RARA has attracted a group of (mainly young) architects who are passionate about making, whether furniture made of timber and fibreglass or abstract constructions made using a sewing machine.

RARA continues to look at the idea of new economic systems within a broken economy. In the future, we expect to execute projects that rely on volunteer input for labour, management and creative insight. We want this experience to be available to anyone interested in participating, not just those without financial constraints.

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