Camden Alive - SoundBar
As a MA Narrative Environments student, I was invited along with some of my classmates to work with the residents of local council estates to contribute towards the Camden People’s Museum, which is part of the London Borough of Camden’s ‘Camden Alive’ initiative.
SoundBar is a research project and social engagement project at the Maiden Lane Estate, aiming to enhance community connections by uncovering underground musical talent using community radio and open space. It culminated in a rooftop concert experience, and a conceptual AR community radio platform.
MA Narrative Environment course group project at Central Saint Martins
Credit to Amelia Vilaplana, Chrissy Georghiou, Eléonore De Pesters and Sushma P
▲ Project Research and Design System
The project is a research project with a final design proposal. There are 3 main phases of research, first two phases each culminated in a social engagement workshop, and the last phase culminated in a design proposal.
▲ Maiden Lane Estate Plan
Maiden Lane estate is a public housing development of 479 dwellings (houses, maisonettes, flats) with associated shops and a community centre, situated between the residential area of Agar Grove and Camden Square to the north, the light industry of York Way to the east. Railway lines surround Maiden Lane to the west and south and Kings Cross railways lands site lie to the south.
It was built by the London Borough of Camden between 1976 and 1983 to solve the lack of social housing. Designed by architects Benson and Forsyth, it provided a modern architecture image with low rise building, linear and white buildings, scaled-down spaces and internal community facilities, to create a modernism utopian.
However, the railway lines and the industrial site create a gap barrier that isolates Maiden Lane from the surroundings. Along with a lack of activity and overlooking open space, the project soon failed to answer its residents' needs regarding comfort, security, and connection to the city. A 'social malaise' has been detected in the neighbourhood that over 50% of the residents feel depressed, isolated and imprisoned.