We are a collaborative design practice, emphasising social design. We wanted to create a vibrant, socially engaged community arts Hub in the centre of London's South Bank. What attracted TILT to this project was the extent to which the client was willing to embrace our collaborative design approach and recognise its potential as a tool to inspire participation and build community. We were also inspired by the challenge to make the space almost entirely from recycled materials.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Festival Village was designed as the social hub of the Festival of the World, a summer arts festival organised by London's Southbank Centre in 2012. There were three key principles. First, that the space was regenerative, bringing new life to an underused part of the Southbank site. Secondly, that the space was conceived and delivered through the participation of the local community. Lastly, that the space would function as a hub for all the 4000 artists performing as part of the festival.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
We see space design as designing interactions, and therefore as a way to enable the social sphere. We practice a codesign and comake approach as it empowers ownership and leads to richly diverse spaces like Festival Village.
It is difficult to measure the social impact that a space can have on people, but we know that including people in the design leads to an end result that is unique, enabling and performs far better for a community of users than a space designed in an non-participative way.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project began in January 2012 and completed in May 2012 in London, The Festival Village formally launched in June 2012.
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
We used a methodology rooted in codesign and comaking. We built a community of 200 local people, including artists, young people and staff to deliver the space. By applying an adaptable approach to the design, we maximised the use of the space, incorporating a cafe, cinema, meeting rooms, lounge, library, bar, outdoor area, and performance space all within the one space. A blog, Facebook and Twitter account were created and regularly updated by the community, feeding the momentum of the project.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Reclaimed site plywood and graffiti boards, donated bricks, British Library exhibition shelving, recycled bottles, concrete, ratchet straps, felt, found tables legs and chairs, build mesh, corrugated polycarbonate and softwoods.
codesign, comake, collaboration, arts, community, sustainability, recycled, pop up
TILT is a design practice, leading the industry in codesign. Our methodology has been tried and tested in numerous projects around the world. At the heart of TILT's practice is a unique codesign methodology that transforms the way people interact with each other and the spaces around them. By including people in the design and making of their spaces TILT encourage users to explore the role of objects and furniture and its impact on their own culture and behaviour.
The hardest part of the project was creating and curating the community. We worked with the client to appeal for volunteers, held regular workshops and used social media to help them stay in touch.
Having a diverse range of participants, from students to retirees, was a challenge, as we needed to find activities that suited all levels.
Comaking raised building compliance issues. We employed expertise as required. It was crucial to abide by the law and prove that spaces can be made in this way
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
The Festival Village was a collaboration between the design practices TILT and LYN Atelier. and There was also contributions to the design and making from over 200+ volunteers whose names appear in the space itself but are too numerous to list here.
TILT and LYN Atelier, 2012.