Workshop 04 / Urban Rural

Location: Leslie Road, London E13 6AZ

Client: Liz Shearer: Newham Council Project Officer (Active Parks Team, Sam Clark and Sara Braithwaite – William Paton Community Garden)

Facilitators: Alan Chandler, Jim Ross with Michael Ramage (Cambridge University), Phil Cooper (Engineer)


DESCRIPTION: fixings and finishing. Students need to ensure that they are realistic in what they can deliver so as to not leave things unfinished on site. Students will also need to commit to material provided and work within the economy of means at the start of the project, while being ambitious with design aspirations and turning the ‘economy of means’ from a perceived difficulty into an architectural merit.

INTRODUCTION: Sam and Sara will lead the community participation in a project that will support the local community to develop an urban rural setting as an active community garden. This meanwhile use exploits the ecological benefits of a mature urban wasteland, and the aim is to contribute to the garden not food growing support as with other Newham Projects in 2011, but with a social space that supports local people to come together to enjoy the area, meet friends as well as to grow flowers and food. Local people have applied for materials funding, and students supported by specialists will develop a vaulted structure to act as a focus for the community in the garden.

OUTCOMES: As well as creating a domed space using traditional Spanish vaulting techniques, the team will understand the structural principles of thin shell construction, the importance of geometry and of accuracy of construction when achieving minimal structures.

KEY RISKS TO CONSIDER: The ‘ANNEX 1’ risk assessment is a document that asks you, the team to collaborate in anticipating the activities you are about to engage in, and to develop a strategy to deliver a safe and effective outcome. This is not a chore – it is core – an architect who cannot establish a safe design is not an architect. Complete the risk assessments online as a first draft via the blog and upload for review on the 19th September – as the design progresses, the risk assessment will be revised and uploaded as Revision A latest Thursday 23rd September.

Key risk considerations for  Workshop 4 URBAN RURAL: Responsibility for


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Brief / Wsp04

Photos / Wsp04

Dome / Wsp04

The Place / Wsp04

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