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Playing the surgeon in Walthamstow - Joe Morris

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At the core of this scholarship is the view that the marshes are a finely balanced composition of event spaces held in check by the surrounding industrial context

In turn, my role has emerged as the architect/surgeon; splicing and cutting terraces, peeling back and unearthing substrata, and cleaning out the arteries of canals and paths sufficiently to impart a subtle but readable change thus facilitating a sensitive re-imagining.

In so doing, it is important that the park does not read as a reinvented entity, with new constructed interventions, but instead merely seen in a different light; everything that was there before, still is.

Turning to what all this means, I have been trying to illustrate how I see the potential for the park, what aspects could be read differently, and what activities take place on the various new thresholds formed by the surgeons mega scalpel.

What is important in all these imaginings is that the industrial context of the locality is extremely evident and potent. In the image included here, a Lido is layered over the industrial back drop of the water refinery, and the contrast between the leisure activity and necessities of water purification are at once both odd and surprising.

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