Once Upon a Time there was a STALL
For two days in December Studio 3 ran the first live, hands-on building project in Aldgate in collaboration with textiles, hat making, jewellery and other Design students. Working closely with Toynbee Hall, a charitable organization on Commercial Street, they produced designs for pop-up stalls. Fabricated off site in the workshops at Metropolitan Works, Spring House and Commercial Road the stalls were constructed on site by students, who organized a program of events and displays: a ‘swap shop’ where local residents of Toynbee Hall exchanged items in a freecyle-type trade of items, a hat fitting stall that sold pieces that had been designed and crafted by students of The Cass and a pop-up hair salon – where local residents and passers dropped in to have their hair cut for free in exchange for their telling a politically-orientated story or anecdote. A T-shirt printing stall, a recycling information point and a place to drink tea while playing the purposefully developed Aldgate Board Game completed the programme.
Lead by the design tutors Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Torange Khonsari Studio 3 offers a unique opportunity to work on issues of creative art and architectural practice, encouraging students to engage with real clients and local communities through live projects. There exist very different views of and opinions about Aldgate – it is a place of change and cultural mix. By seeking to engaging with local people, documenting their work and contributing to the cultural activities of the area Studio 3 have placed themselves as being part of this process of change within Aldgate.