24h urban activator, london - ongoing research, 2002 masterplan / urban prototype / street furniture

The existence of non commertial public space is becoming rarity in the modern city.
This project asks the question. Where is the public space?

It investigates the existing urban activities around London Bridge Station, while taking in consideration 1.5 bilion pounds regeneration plan for development of London Borough of Southark. The investigation has revealed that commercial space acts as public space in order to actract customers while public space fails to act as place of interaction.

Dominated by commuters activity at London Bridge Station, the local adjecent areas have been left underserviced. The descrepency of density have brought all the commercial activities within the boundary of the station, and are therefore unavailable to the local residents after stations' opening hours. The public space could be found on Friday night train but not in the local park, which happens to be always fenced and mostly closed.

The 24h urban activator is proposed to create public life in the local public areas (street fronts and parks). It consists of urban furniture, vending machines, and small commercial services like coffe shops and market stalls. Wraped up in a modular kit of temporary programs, the system allows various intervensions. The choice of number and type of elements would depend on the site specific needs.The independent nature of urban furniture elements and vending mashines allows for 24 hours operation of the system. Appart from activating the local public areas by providing 24 hour street service, the system is envisaged to create alternative routes for the commuters working localy. It has been designed to have temporary use. By being easily assembled and reasembled, the instalation of the urban elements is to have minimum impact to the existing enviroment.

author: Jelena Jovik, ongoing research - SED+ME