An Alternative Age-Friendly Estate
HOW CAN WE BUILD BUILDINGS RELEVANT AND ADAPTIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO LIVE THERE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE? I.E. HOW CAN ARCHITECTURE AS A PROFESSION BE TRULY EFFECTIVE?
Our design for an alternative age-friendly estate was in response to this question. An oppurtunity to 'open -up' the methodology of doing architecture alongside the perspectives of the users themselves, the non architects, who seemingly continuously do it, long after the uilding has been made; our aim, to establish what matters? What constitutes a good life?
Project 06, 07 and 08 elaborate on three particular methodologies for first-hand research and each lead into the proposal seen here.
At each stage, we strove to blur the roles between the residents and the designer, and instigated a designer-led process that aims could encourage and empower people to develop design responces to specific problems - how might the community lay claim to urban space on their own terms? what neighbourhood infrastructure exists to support them to do so?
Our proposal, whilst architectural in part, was borne from collaboartion as an integral tool to test the validity of design solutions - to affirm or question - but more powerfully, offered us a chance, at the brief writing stage, to deliberate over whether or not a physical intervention (or otherwise) is a necessary or effective course for action. Hence, the proposition became a catalogue of programatic matters, as well as the physical.