For the London festival of Architecture 2015, Richard Brown exhibited an imagined proposal for the future development of Vittoria Wharf, one of Fish Islands most treasured creative factory complexes.
The exhibition asks, what would development look like if it were planned, designed and managed by its own community? Vittoria Wharf, Fish Island featured as one of Hackney Wick and Fish Island’s distinctive cultural factory complexes in Richard Brown’s Creative Factories 2013. However, new waves of residential led development all across Hackney Wick and Fish Island now threatens to demolish some of these factory complexes, along with their communities. This proposal takes the principles set out in Creative Factories, to depict an alternative, community led vision for Vittoria Wharf. The drawing advocates that retention of cherished industrial buildings, mixed use yards, canal moorings and encourages the creation of managed work-live housing for start-up enterprises.
Temporary use property guardian schemes are arguably addressing a need for short term affordable rented accommodation in London. It is a growing phenomenon which has arisen to tackle vacancy, illegal squatting and the need for affordable rented accommodation; all at the same time.
Having looked at how artist’s studio providers have used the model as form of affordable dual use live/work space(http://affordablewick.com/hr-studio-2013-14/), this case study looks at one of the many other guardian operators in London who’s criteria is open to not just the creative sector, but a wider range of tenants.
In the latest movement of the mobile cabin project, we hosted a weekend of screenings curated by Carmen Billows, at the Art Moves mobile architecture festival on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park.
Find out more here: http://www.artmoves.org.uk/
6-9pm Fri, 12-6pm Sat & Sun 2nd & 3rd August
Arebyte Gallery, Unit 4, 49 White Post Lane, E9 5EN
The ‘Roaming Work-space’ is a 31sq ft mobile cabin on
wheels built out of reclaimed materials found in Hackney
Wick. Hosted by Arebyte Gallery for the duration of the
festival as an enclosed installation featuring the work of
Fabio Lattanzi Antinori and Nimrod Vardi on the theme
of the ‘Dream Home’. On the closing night, there will be
an evening of short films curated by Carmen Billows. The
works will be projected from within the cabin onto an
outdoor architectural surface, featuring artists working
thematically around the current urban regeneration
processes and the metropolitan area as a contested
Hackney Wick Family trees, is a study which illustrates the transience of collective live-work studio occupancy in the factory complexes of Hackney Wick.
The ‘Conservation factory’, is an installation made for the V&A ‘Hackney Wick Take over‘ highlighting some of Hackney Wick and Fish Island’s most occupied and productive landmarks, through illustration, mapping and model making. Step inside to uncover how these innocuous buildings hide within them, secret worlds of creative production.
Dear fellow Wickers & Fish Islanders – URGENT note – please take a minute to read:
2800 new living units in HWFI over the next years ? Save HWFI !
As you might or might not know, the London Legacy Development Corporation is currently drafting a ‘Local Plan’ that sets the guidelines for all existing and future development of HWFI , replacing the local council as a planning authority. There was a well-attended hearing on the plan a few weeks ago (see previous post).. but this left many quite cynical: the LLDP people seemed to be somewhat resigned, their answers on maintaining the areas character and Live/Work were vague and evasive.
Please sign this petition to support this designation here:
We should applaud the LLDC’s effort to extend the areas existing conservation areas, because it is a key strategic move towards retention of the areas ‘factory town’ character and potential to continue a legacy of production, be it creative or industrial. Continue reading
AffordableWick founder Richard Brown has written an article asking for more alternatives to dysfunctional and chaotic communal warehouses. He questions what happens when crative practitioners grow out of the ‘creative ghetto’ and need to settle and focus in a more stable environment. Where is the next stop after life in Hackney Wick? Managed workspace or off to the suburbs? Continue reading
Last week the development featuring over 500 homes and a primary school was approved pending the preparation of a strong section 106 agreement.
The comittee at the London Legacy Development Corporation, called for a set of conditions and agreements to ensure the delivery of the primary school, an architectural competition to design its out line elements as well as measures to ensure affordable workspace. These agreements will be worked out over the next months with hopeful some considerable consultation.