SHADWELL PROJECT PART II
In PART I, I have realised some issues in Shadwell such as poor education, poverty and crime. PART II, for such social problems, I have designed a unique education centre based on the mortuary building and the tea culture in Shadwell.
Overall, the year-long Shadwell Project, originating from the mortuary building, has included and examined some social issues in that local area. In particular, I have reworked the unoccupied space into a new educational centre, trying to solve such social problems through tea.
*This project has been included in the Governor's International Scholarship by Glasgow School of Art; Cultural and Art Learning Funding by Instituto Cultural de Macau.
In the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Shadwell has not been a peaceful place since long. It has the highest crime rate in London. With further analysis, I have realised that Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is the most common crime in that area.
The demographical history of Shadwell has shown that the area has a long and entangled history with South Asia. I have realised that Tea was the substance that once brought these two cultures together.
Therefore, I hope to use the same substance and establish a platform, an education centre which can prevent the ASB, and break the social division in Shadwell. Through the platform, people from different background can have more empathy with each other.
Taking the concept further, I have studied tea including the growing process, harvest, and usage. This helps inform the new organization of the space, as well as the shape and form of the new education centre.
The design attempts to encourage communication between the young ASB offenders and the public. It adopts an open pavilion, whose roof is inspired by tea mesh. The materials employed in the architecture have maintained and expanded the relationship between the new and the old.
To merge the previous study of decomposition and time, the new space metaphors that the inhabitants and building materials of the space both can 'grow up' and 'change'. It is imagined that the whole space will be left as a monument in 2050 when there will be no more ASB crime, and it reminds the past and encourages communication.
I have designed a specific programme which allows the young ASB offenders to learn and improve themselves. Through tea making and brewing process, they are provided with a chance servicing the community; the society can have more understanding with the offenders, and re-build the broken connection between both sides.