Author: Brett Mahon
Cities are not static, they change and adapt with time, it is this time along with a shift in living culture that has lead to the rapid growth of metropolitan areas. The Dialogue has become a monologue and people are losing touch with their local scale of community. In a capital like London it has become extremely difficult to find suitable housing when first arriving to the city. The search results in endless hours of flat sharing interviews followed by overcrowding and subletting of houses which have not been adapted to handle the capacity of the new found function. The market is changing and there is potential for a revival in projects with a more intensive community – orientated outlook, allowing people to gain living spaces and shared areas which are uncommon to find in the inner-city of London. Instead these spaces have become lost in an attempt to sublet extra rooms in order to make living slightly more affordable.
“Choosing a site in inner London with a rich existing industrial heritage I intend to re-establish a living typology that allows for a shared living experience with greater communal areas and a link into the existing fabric of an area which is characterized by creative co-spaces. Starting from the city I want to explore the nature of shared spaces moving inward from the urban to the domestic, deriving a tension between the different eras of industrial buildings in the area and creating a movement through lit, dimly lit and dark spaces” said the Author.