BA Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture Planning For Integrated and Sustainable Neighbourhoods Year 1 Studio

CONTENTS Studio Introduction Tutors Bios Spatial Analysis Students Proposals Student Directory 1 2 3 6 12 21

More Canal: Reinforcing the Ecological and Urban Potentials of the Regent’s Canal at Broadway Market In our studio, we engage in designing sustainable and integrated neighbourhoods bene tting from London as our City Lab. Under the title More Canal, we focused this year on the Regent’s Canal at Broadway Market between Hackney and Tower Hamlet. The work explored the ecological and health potential of the Canal in North London, and unpacked the canal and waterways that have historically shaped the city’s spatial structure, and its ecology, economy, and society. The students worked in groups to assess the qualities, speci c potentials and needs of the area using site-appraisal and urban mapping methods and engaging with city debate and planning policies. The students developed creative sustainable urban strategies using the canal’s multiple opportunities as a spine for ecological, social and economic revival and for stitching the neighbourhoods together around the canal. Meanwhile the students explored the unique architectural, urban and ecological experience and the industrial typologies. The students then developed individual architectural and urban design propositions based on sustainability principles with varied themes: Readapting the gasholders, re-wilding and hanging farms, pocket parks, and green links, community and houseboaters’ hubs, recycling stations, and many more. A series of key lectures, digital site visits and skills workshops helped the students develop and communicate their projects. 2

She is the Founding Director of the practice Platforms for sustainable cities and regions with many years of experience from Europe and the Middle East. Educated architect and planner, Roudaina has a strong interest in multidisciplinary approaches bringing together sustainability aims, planning, architecture, urban design, strategic approaches, and design thinking to create opportunities and better places. Affiliate of UN-Habitat’s Planners for Climate Action and a chartered Architect MAA of the Danish Association of Architects. She joined the University of Westminster to work on the research project - “London creative communities toward sustainability”. With an interdisciplinary spirit, her research interests and areas of competence cover urbandesign, sustainableurbanismandenvironmental transition, publicspace, urban identity&memory, urban ecology, landscape, perception, environmental psychology, wellbeing, urban morphogenesis, participative design & grassroots, and Asian studies (Pacific Asia context, Japan, Singapore). Tutors Dr. Roudaina Alkhani FHEA is the Co-Course Leader of the BA Designing Cities and Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design teaching BA and MA modules. Dr. Mireille Tchapi (Ph.D. urban design, MArch, MA-social science) is a licensed architect (Paris) and doctor in urbanism (University of Tokyo). 3

is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster and an Architect at Broadway Malyan working on major cultural, education, residential and mixed-use schemes as well as large-scale master plans projects. Riccardo has expertise in project conception, design development, optimization, and construction stages having diverse professional experience across the UK, Japan, Italy, and the middle east. He is particularly interested in sustainability and environmental design. Architect ARB, Riccardo Fregoni is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster and an architect at Allies and Morrison Architects working on large-scale masterplans and landscape design projects in the UK and the Middle East. Nouha graduated from the University of Westminster with First Class Honours and Distinction. She has a special interest in the cross-overs of architecture, landscapes and the arts and how these reveal unusual and joyful interpretations for understanding and shaping spaces and their uses. Nouha has a sensitive approach to design and interest in the well-being and happiness of people and the environment. She uses design as a creative strategy to influence spatial experiences and life quality. Architect ARB, RIBA Nouha Hansen 4

The Haggerston and London Fields Area 5

Spatial Analysis 6

Air Pollution With Bus Route Building Uses Lifestage Public And Private Green Bus Routes And Stops Noise Pollution With Bus Route Group 1 7 Marcelo Murilo Smith Natalie Atalla Dilan Thethy

Predestrian only bridge that allows connectivity between both side Urban farming on top of garages 8

• Create a canteen to provide home grown food for local people • Link neighbourhoods • Create an active health network • Permeate the built surfaces • Repurpose available historic buildings for social use • Create economy and employment across the residential site • Meanwhile use of community space for social uses • Clean energy response to canal boat air pollution S O W T • Canal • Canal Boats • Canal as a green corridor • Historical buildings • Human scale - predominantly low rise buildings with generous green space • Two parks • Light and airy • Independent shops • Famous weekend Broadway Market • Lack of shops in residential areas • Minimal activity provision for young and old • We observed just 15% of site is bio-di verse • 70% of site is built on and sealed • Poor active health infrastructure • Weekend economy limited to broadway market • 30% churn (people that leave the area each year, (London elds ward health pro le)). • Public health crisis • Crime • Climate change • Pollution • Gentri cation • Displacement • Ecological damage 9 Group 2 Ashleigh Gill Nicola Perry Ioana Flore Ibby Aleem

MappingCommercial Land Use Recreational activities available for 15 - 25 and 65+ Key Activities for Youth Activities for Aged Green Space Buildings Key Businesses & Shops 10

Photos taken dur ing one of our many pin-up sessions 11

Student’s Proposals 12

Loneliness in the neighbourhood stood out to us as a key issue in our group research, and the high unemployment rates and long travel times to places of social activity (cafes, community centres) in the area do not ease this issue. My response was to create a community kitchen and vegetable garden, doubling as a community centre with flexible space. This intervention is designed to bring locals together. Nicola Perry Community Kitchen and Vegetable Garden A viewof the bleecher seating from the kitchen Canal facing facade Aspect view from the garden Roof plan of proposed intervention 13

bank idea. Whilst the bridge’s focus is now as a landmark and champion of sustainable development (it is made from bamboo which will be grown on site) the path retains ecological features and both focus on inclusivity, opportunities to connect and active travel. The bridge design was influenced by bamboo projects from Bali to France. We found that, for our site, the areas directly to the north and south of the canal were frequently at the extreme ends of our social research. We observed that our stretch of the canal, which was once a thriving industrial zone is now a densely populated residential area with few amenities. We focused on projects that are inclusive, that strengthen community bonds and are sustainable. The group work was an important launch pad for the ‘Bamboo Loop’ which evolved from a garden bridge and south Ashleigh Gill Bamboo Walk 14

Dilan Thethy My main goal was to f ind a way to f ix this issue of the canal creat ing a border between ei ther side of the canal , so that these bus stops could be accessed quicker, rather than pedestr ians having to go around the whole si te to cross the canal . I wanted to achieve creat ing a new route across the canal to create a new f low of walkway in this si te. Renovated Walkway for the Canal: With a New Bridge 15

I’ve researched the areas history, in order to link development patterns fro the past to the present. Helping my project give back the interconnectivity for people of all ages in haggeston. Ioana Flore Eco-Centre 16

I decided to encourage people to sell local products from the urban farming on boats that will be built using recyclable materials and attached to the canal on the side so people can access it and buy the produce. Moreover, I’m going to set areas where urban farming will be executed to be used for the boats. The goal behind the proposal is encourage the unemployed people to work, benefit more from the underused canal, expanding the market, encouraging selling products from urban farming, and last but not least increase people’s wellbeing and health. Natalie Atalla Urban Farming and Boat Marketing 17

Salma Alanazi My project is to develop bicycle paths to suit the needs of the region and enhance the use of bicycles within the framework of linking the bicycle path to environmental factors that help improve the health of the individual. Bicycle Platform 18

My main goal was to find a way to fix this issue of the canal creating a border between either side of the canal, so that these bus stops could be accessed quicker, rather than pedestrians having to go around the whole site to cross the canal. I wanted to achieve creating a new route across the canal to create a new flow of walkway in this site. I decided to achieve this by renovating the already existing pathway that runs on the other side of the canal, which is currently used for sailors to tie their boats. This would allow for pedestrians to travel either side of the canal, making it less congested than it already is now. Furthermore, I decided to create a bridge that runs across the middle of the canal so that people can cross over to, or away from the renovated pathway, or if they want to quickly access either side of the canal. An bubble for people to sit. Proposed cycle pathwith consideration for cyclists, pedestrians, and thosewith disabilities. Map of area of my proposal. Planned intervention. ZufraMohamed Addition for Canal Safety 19

The Canal Garden has been designed to house many different activities to hopefully bring together all corners of the local area, that in turn will create a more integrated neighborhood. These activities range from communal gardens that locals can create a living identity from, to small work spaces for individuals or small businesses to create a face for their brands/businesses. Whilst also having internal social spaces that have the possibility to be used for events, classes or even clubs for all ages. The project also heavily concentrates on green spaces, as before the space was completely concrete. From self-sustaining, green walls to 750 square meters of public green space. Marcelo Smith The Canal Garden 20

Student Directory Community Kitchen and Vegetable Garden Renovated Walkway for the Canal: With a New Bridge Urban Farming and Boat Marketing The Canal Garden Ashleigh Gill Ioana Flore Salma Alanazi Nicola Perry Dila Natalie Atalla Marcelo Murillo Smith Bamboo Walk Eco Centre Bicycle Platform 21

Ashleigh Gill Amirul Chowdhury Claudio Fagnani Dilan Thethy Felipe Paz Hesda Abraha Ibby Aleem Ioana Flore Marcelo Murillo Smith Matija Kopricanec Natalie Atalla Nicola Perry Piranavaraj Sivashanmugam Rushane Best Salma Alanazi Sanel Ahmet Zufra Mohamed Layout: Content: Images supplied by: Text suppled by: Nicola Perry Nicola Perry Natalie Atalla Classmembers Roudaina AlKhani ClassMembers BADesigningCities Year 1: 2022