Diploma unit 13 and MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design have been investigating the high street and surroundings areas between Aldgate and Tottenham.
Around these high streets is a hinterland of urban service spaces that exist on an intricate series of sites and spaces, built on a landscape of gradual adjustment. Multi-storey car parks, loading bays, bus garages, passages, and backlands all make an abrupt transition with a more traditional urban grain.
The high street gains the status of a local institution, catering for civic and semi-social infrastructure, whilst capturing multiple uses with proximity to allow for new forms of workspace, living space and recreation to be explored and supported.
Aldgate Drawing Workshop
Observational exercise to notice the familiar in Aldgate, and consideration of this at both the intimate street and the city wide scales. Thanks to Lucinda Rogers and Lucy Musgrave, Publica for guidance and collaboration during this workshop.
Aldgate Policy Drawings
Annotation to drawing workshop sketches to explain the rules and regulations that control/ hinder/ promote observed activities in this area of the city, and the knowledge required to “practice” as a planner-architect.
A detailed survey of each place and type of work along the high street that runs from Aldgate to Tottenham, and the wider hinterlands around these areas.
Outline design exercise for a market house as a potential anchor around which the high street as a local institution might be formulated.
Places of Exchange
A photo-essay and mapping of ‘places of exchange’ in the Whitechapel area. Individual studies based on 12 selected locations.
A10 Map Interrogation
Mapping buildings along the high road/street between Aldgate and Tottenham according to: opening hours, programme, sociability and typology.