The Aldgate Project sees over twenty cross-disciplinary projects running in the academic year from 2011-2012, with students from the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design (ASD) and the John Cass Art, Media and Design Faculty (The Cass) of London Metropolitan University.
A wide range of disciplines are taking part in the project such as architecture, fine art, jewellery, furniture design, textiles design and animation. Tutors and students are carrying out projects that work with local community groups, charities and stakeholders in the Aldgate area. All of the individual creative projects seek to engage with local groups, expanding beyond the confines of the studio space and setting out to see the Faculty’s being better connected with the surrounding area of Aldgate and Whitechapel.
The Aldgate Project reinforces the Faculty’s commitment to a socially engaged design education and to the use of live projects within the curriculum. ASD Projects Office, an architecture practice embedded within ASD that specialises in architecture with a social agenda, is orchestrating the project.
By working with local stakeholders including the Corporation of London, Tower Hamlets Council, East End Homes and the charity Toynbee Hall amongst others the cross-disciplinary project is acting as a catalyst for a wider discussion about the development of the local area and community issues at street level. The project positions the Faculty’s of ASD and The Cass at the centre of a present discussion and discourse about the changes that are happening in what is a socially mixed, vibrant but also complex inner city area of London.