YOUR RIVER – NINE ELMS Public Consultation

Urban Projects Bureau are working to provide a series of public engagement events for the Thames River Path in Nine Elms.

The first event, which took place the weekend of the 25th & 26th of October 2014, was part of The Big Draw. We produced a dynamic interface for recording people’s impressions, ideas and responses to the Nine Elms Thames River Path, and collected and represented key geographic, psycho-geographic and statistical data.

UPB are working in collaboration with The Brick Box, Studio Weave & Churchman Landscape Architects under the appointment of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership to study the River Path between Chelsea Bridge and Lambeth Bridge, and work with the local community in developing proposals to improve the experience and accessibility of the path for everyone.

With The Brick Box, Churchman Landscape Architects & Studio Weave.



Ideas to Change British Architecture

Urban Projects Bureau were part of the prestigious Ideas to Change British Architecture exhibition at the RIBA February – April 2013. As part of the exhibition, we hosted a 2 month residency at the RIBA and launched the Open Charter Agency, a new platform for discussion and action for the architecture profession and those disciplines involved with architecture to clarify, critique and act upon critical issues determining the wider role of the architect and their identity as a catalyst for change.

With public works and Owen Pritchard

Elephant in the Room

A 10 day residency in Elephant and Castle shopping centre with MArch students from the University of Brighton, Elephant in the Room / Room in the Elephant was an alternative form for producing and discussing architectural education and the varied and changing world it takes place in. Beyond the analytical and critical norms of “research” and “proposal”, the residency was a method for direct engagement within a living context – a chance to make “real” change.
As part of the residency, we transformed a disused shop in Elephant and Castle shopping centre into a project space, with a 1.100 map of Elephant and Castle was traced on the floor and walls. Throughout the 10 days, we hosted a range of small scale participatory and socially engaged interventions dealing with themes of age discrimination, fear, crime, nostalgia, informal productivity, food, mental health, protest, riots, capital, commodification, and the medicalisation of the public realm, and a public dinner party, in which food sellers and vendors from around the shopping centre were invited to bring locally-prepared dishes to the party.
Elephant in the Room attracted a great range of participants and formed al live venue for discussion about Elephant and Castle’s future. The residency created an informal experimental space of social and cultural activity, small scale economic production and academic speculation within the shopping centre, testing the potential of a civic economy by carving a civic space out of a dominant commercial and spatial type.

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