Public Space


In Architecture whatever we create for private use becomes a structure in public space. Therefore Architecture is  both an instrument of awareness and of the political capacity of a community”. (Paolo Baratta, Introduction to “FreeSpace”, Venice Biennale, 2018)

How can we define what is a public space when today nearly all buildings and lands are privately owned? When we design spaces for the city, we as designers not only need to understand the given situation but also imagine an alternative future evolution. In doing so, the collaboration between the architect and the various users is essential. Public space today needs to answer to the rich pluralism of our society, to be built with and not only for the community. Often public space is intended as the void between buildings, yet it is the opposite. It is the urban space that dictates the boundaries of the buildings we inhabit. The connection of spaces and people, the junction between multiple lives and stories. 

The questions we want to tackle today are aiming to explore the difficult yet exciting route to intertwine (even more) the community and the design. How can we design a space which is safe and free, coherent but yet multi-diverse, how can we shape the urban space without the ubris to control it? Today we will be in conversation with Joe from the Tottenham Pavilion team and Simon a community development specialist from the Manor House Development trust.

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Episode 11 · 4 months ago

The Podcast Series

A month after launching our podcast: Tottenham Pavilion Conversations we meet again with the Tottenham pavilion team to discuss and reflect on the inspiring individual conversations we have engaged in and the digitalisation of the pavilion as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2020.

Episode 10 · 4 months ago

The Winning Design

In late January 2020, a call out to design a new kind of public space in the shape of a Pavilion went live. The self-titled competition, Tottenham Pavilion, was open to applicants from all walks of life - from artists to architects, student to establish practices. With initial expectations of between 15-20 applicants, the organisers were overwhelmed when over 1000 people registered interest worldwide. To ensure applicants understood the context, designing a Pavilion within a warehouse based community - a website full of resources was created and localised events were held. Today we invite the Tottenham Pavilion organisers to talk to the winning design team.

Episode 9 · 4 months ago

The Judging Process

The Tottenham Pavilion organisers were always clear that they needed a panel of experts to judge the competition. They needed people from the architectural sector and the locality to judge both the feasibility of the structure and its potential relationship with the Harringay Warehouse District and neighbouring communities. The organisers also wanted to capture local reactions to the designs and hosted a ‘Community Vote’ to gauge reactions. In total seven judges were involved, four from leading architectural practices, two from the Harringay Warehouse District and one with insight around Tottenham’s creative sector. Today we meet Katy Marks, from Citizens Design Bureau, Aida Esposito, Creative Industries Consultant, and Ryan Hughes, Harringay Warehouse District tenant and architect in his own right.

Episode 8 · 4 months ago

The Architecture Competition

In late January 2020, a call out to design The Tottenham Pavilion went live, engaging more than 1000 people and resulting in the submission of 166 entries from creatives worldwide. Since 2016 CHART Architecture engages in a 72-hour competition, inviting postgraduate students or newly graduated architects, designers and artists working in the Nordic region to explore and challenge the crossovers between art, design and architecture through realising temporary pavilions. 

Architecture competitions are much more than just a format, but rather spaces of true experimentation for the discipline itself. Beyond the world of academia these can be catalysts for research where ideas are put forward and boundaries are challenged. My name is Federica Zambeletti, founder of KooZA/rch, and in this podcast l will be in conversation with Carolina and James from the Tottenham Pavilion, as well as Nanna Hjortenberg, director of CHART to discuss the format of the competition and its role within the production of architecture, both physically and conceptually.