The tools of an architect_Berwick Street

The tools of an architect, or a developer does not reflect the true colour and vibrancy of an area. Maps, plans and sections are nothing more lines on paper. The people that inhabit these areas are forgotten and development becomes about the organization and economy of square meters. If plans and sections reflected the real life of an area, then architecture could be tailored according to its existing qualities and needs. It could also lead to a more open and positive dialogue between the user, and designer – the representation now being more than just a technical drawing.

Below are some playful qualities that we are striving for in our drawings for Berwick street:

A section through a day in the life of Berwick Street – with all its colours, sounds, smells, tastes, and diversity.

A plan asking how to recapture the attention of people towards Berwick Street. How can we make it sing its colours!

We are planning to make use of the following qualities in our drawings to come;

A. A section through everyday life: Traditional plans and sections have become too generic.  They ignore the real life and essence of a place, and it’s people. We want to try and recapture this.

B. A section through time: We need to draw seasonal sections. How is the section through the street differ during the winter and summer/the day and the night?

C. The story of  the physical environment:  The buildings themselves have a history and a past. How can we include this within our plans and sections? (Following a conversation with Paul from the Fish and Chip shop, we learnt that the floors of the listed buildings in the street were bombed during Second World War and have now been replaced by concrete slabs – how can we capture this quality within the drawing?)

D. The people inhabiting the buildings: We want to map out who lives in the area – understand the lives that inhabit a place.

E. Colours: Life is not black and white – so our drawings must be infused with colour!

F. Climatic conditions: How can we portray the climatic conditions of a site? How do the building heights prevent sunlight reaching the street over the seasons. Can we draw the wind tunnel that is created due to the Kemp House tower?