LIVE WORK COLLECTIVES (2012)

THE LIVE WORK COLLECTIVES OF HACKNEY WICK AND FISH ISLAND (2012)

This report looks at creative live-work spaces in Hackney Wick and Fish Island (HWFI). The aim is to reveal, in more detail, the people and the places that have influenced the area’s prominent creative industry. There are thirteen individual case studies from five different factory complexes in the area. Each study looks at a particular live-work unit and its inhabitants, to consider how the differing creative disciplines, spatial arrangements and economic factors have played a part in the cultural growth of the area. In the context of the likely development of some of these sites due to be released from their light industrial zoning, this research project aims to document the key role of existing live-work arrangements in the area’s current cultural foundations, and make a case against their disappearance.