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Community Consequences: London Festival of Architecture

What would happen if every member of a community was able to have a direct influence over their built environment? For the London Festival of Architecture 2016, Oxo Tower Wharf will host Community Consequences, a new exhibition of work by the multi-disciplinary architecture and design practice Projects Office, inspired by the Coin Street Action group of the 1970s. The designers will use the much loved parlour game of Consequences as a playful vehicle for exploring the diverse factors that come together to make up a community.

Projects Office have developed their own version of Consequences game to play as a mini workshop with local community groups around the Coin Street area. In this version, the questions revolve around the built environment. Each participant is invited to propose a fantasy development that would benefit and enhance their community. This unique method will be used to test whether an imaginative architectural process, built upon principles of individualism and chance, can respond to the social aspirations of real communities, in ways that other modes of production cannot. Could this collection of individual voices demonstrate a community’s united ambition? Or will it reveal a fractured fantasy of divergent concerns?

In exploring themes of shared-authorship, collectivity and chance, Community Consequences will address the social and architectural fabrications of present-day communities.

Community Consequences is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2016 which runs from 1 – 30 June.

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition and private view on Thursday 16 June from 5.30pm (RSVP to galleries@coinstreet.org).


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