Peripheral Vision: Communal housing at Pudding Mill Lane

Peripheral Vision: Communal housing at Pudding Mill Lane

Unit 10 focuses on the intersection of the lived and the built space, which is approached simultaneously at small and large scales: the scale of human interaction and the scale of political decision making. It draws on different disciplines in its engagement with the real life factors that shape our environment.

You will design a communal housing development providing 50% affordable housing on one of the last remaining sites of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and engage with a wide range of stakeholders in the process to gain insights into the forces shaping London, and to get to know not only the urban fabric of our site, but the social one also.

The difference of housing delivery models is affordability and is driven by different ideas of what London should be — the idea of housing as a home and city as a mixed place, vs. housing as investment and city as market. We will explore the financial forces feeding the London Housing Crisis, and look at interventionist pieces of policy such as the London Living Rent that try to counter it.

As the concept of home ownership is now beyond the reach of the majority of young Londoners, we will be focusing on designing rental accommodation, and respond to the inherent challenge of how to design economic layouts that also offer possibility for adaptation and community building.

Starting off with your personal experience of housing, and a detailed look at Dawson Heights by Kate Macintosh, you will be asked to balance the need to build economically with the need for flexibility to meet contemporary requirements, for example non-traditional habitation forms such as flat shares, patchwork families, or intentional cohabitation of single interest groups.

You will tap into urban design and strategy that muf authored for nearby Hackney Wick, and work with local organizations and individuals to help you shape your brief, and a detailed response to it. You will be supported to explore the wider setting of your proposal, and consider ground floor uses that might include productive uses currently being displaced from the area.