Bartlett Summer School 2014 - ‘The New London Bridge Neighbourhood’
Tutors: Catrina Stewart, Kaowen Ho and Laura Smith
The London Bridge we know today is but a ghost of its former self. Once a bustling micro city, with over 200 buildings on the bridge, it stood high, as visible as St. Paul’s Cathedral, and as the proud entrance to the city. With over 3,000 people inhabiting its buildings, with homes, grocery shops, hospitals, butchers, churches and even a water tower, the inhabitants of London Bridge lived precarious lives but they had everything they needed to survive.
This year we used the bridge as a microcosm to test out domestic moments, scenarios between neighbouring buildings and the spaces they create. From these investigations the students suggested ways in which these important structures could be repaired, rehabilitated and returned to public usefulness. They proposed how we might deal with densification, transport, food, energy and play through various aspects and scales of proposals, from corner shops, public toilets to radically new homes. In doing so, they have proposed and defined a new vernacular for London living and a new design for an inhabited London Bridge.