The Value of Urban Interventions


Welcome to our second week of the Digital Tottenham Pavilion Conversations: the urban intervention, my name is Federica Zambeletti, founder of the digital platform KooZA/rch and today I will be co-hosting this talk with Joe Wright of the Tottenham Pavilion team. Nowadays, we are experiencing a proliferation of urban interventions, from the design and architecture industry to activists and citizens. The advent of these installations within our urban context provide for an experimental medium which allows us to engage and challenge the city and its spaces. By breaking the fabric of the latter, these devices propose alternative lenses through which we can reconsider and redefine the way we approach and inhabit public space. We have the pleasure of discussing the topic with the architects Tomaso Boano & Jonas Prismontas and Claire Richards. Boano Prismontas is a London based architecture studio who has extensively articulated a series of temporary projects within public spaces both in the UK and abroad. Claire is the founder and director of Footwork Architects, a non-profit organisation, working to help create thriving communities and ensure clear social principles underpin development within the built environment. Claire is also patron of the London Festival of Architecture and a judge for Tottenham Pavilion. Good afternoon and thank you for joining us today

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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.