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Bartlett School of Architecture Student Work

more follow up from NYC… bldgblog has a very interesting post showcasing a thesis project from the Bartlett. 
Mining the Lower East Side

Alberto Aranda / Uabc-Mexico

The Doppel-Borough Project
Misha King, 2014
In October 2013, London homeowners were earning more while they slept than the rest of us did by working. The average house price rocketed by the cost of a Subway sandwich every minute. The property boat had well and truly sailed and if you weren’t already aboard  you’d be renting for life There were still cheap homes out there. Historically, in a crisis London  looked beyond its boundaries. The depopulation of rural towns and declining industrial cities meant they could offer beautiful properties at £35,000 a pop. But lacking the cultural and economic advantages of the capital, few wanted to make that leap. The twinning of Hackney to Toxteth (Liverpool) was the first step towards a new form of community  – one borough, one governance, two locations. In 2021, a new settlement was developed in Liverpool alongside the railway tracks, a physical link to Hackney; the new enterprise zone offered zero tax to Hackney businesses, prompting a rush to set up sister branches. The predicted mass emigration drew calls to reconcile the boroughs’ collective identities. The Doppel-Borough was born: a layer of shared digital infrastructure. Not just a collaborative business platform but a social landscape of familiar landmarks and shared cultural references. New culture for a new community.

Untitled, Mixed Media 2014
Mike Lim, 2014

In 2014, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that the United Kingdom’s Creative Industries were worth £8 million an hour to the UK economy; to place such a definitive value on our creative resource, recognises its potential to be lost.
Untitled, Mixed Media, 2014 questions whether the continued application of financial mechanisms to the Creative Arts is devaluing their inherent worth. 
Where Britain was `Great’ - London will be Greater. Amidst widespread cultural capital gains during an era of Creative Obesity, a speculative boom spreads within London’s Creative Class. The recently formed Worshipful Guild of Arts rapidly expands within the City of London as cultro-economic dependency grows. However, when it is revealed that certain prominent London artists are buying their own work at auction to inflate their hype, the integrity of the London Market collapses. Investors pull out, unable to trust existing value systems returning instead to material cost. As cultural credit dries up, London’s economy crumbles with it, ushering in an age of Cultural Austerity. 
The response: Neo-Pragmanticisim, the departure from irresponsible creative freedoms and the return to the expression of regulated emotion and controlled imagination. The curated workspace, overwhelmed by administrative bodies rises from the foundations of its existing ancestry, built in the image of the trusted vernacular.