City of People

This academic year our design investigations and projects will focus on deprived neighbourhoods in Shoreditch in East London. Within this location Unit 2 will explore the guiding theme City of People.

Large scale social and commercial developments have delivered rather simplistic forms of social inclusion, urban life and diversity, because they have not sufficiently integrated people into city making. We will search for alternatives to the current state of play and experiment with forms of urban inhabitation that are co-designed, built and managed by people. We will explore ways in which sharing and living together can be part of a synergetic urban life.

For further studies and inspirations, we will visit Berlin in Germany, in November.