Title: Towards a Catalytic architecture: Decay as a performative tool for urban renewal.
Abstract: Abandoned/ Mothballed Sites. Due to the current economic climate in the United Kingdom the built environment and the construction industry has come to a stand still. This has affected buildings ranging in scales from Power Stations to abandoned garage plots. Developers are going into administration. High Street shops are closing down with the change in consumer spending. This change in the built environment is resulting in a large mass of vacant, ‘mothballed’ building stock. Existing buildings that require renovation are deemed to costly to work on at the current time and are therefore condemned to naturally decay and eventual ruin, until considered commercially viable or until their eventual destruction through natural influences.
Question: Can a responsive decay device be deployed and used as a performative tool for urban renewal? Could the evolution of the tool as an interactive system evolve its behaviours?
Program: A small cinema, café/bar, workshop and office space has been designed and constructed within the space by Assemble Studio CIC, 121 Haberdaser Street, London N1 6EH.
A performative time-based architecture that through the ‘spectacle of decay’ acts as a catalyst drawing people into the space and thus instigating the regeneration of the space. The architecture will also expand the existing physical building envelope to create an additional auditoria space for workshops, lectures and additional cinema screening.
Specific Site: The Sugar House, Unit A2, 107 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 2QQ
Speculative Sites: Abandoned/ empty building stock around London with facades and a framework to support roaming regeneration and decay agents.