A social and architectural study for London Design Festival 2018 that explored the nature of exchange, created in collaboration with The Office Group
The London Design Festival, celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Our 2018 collaboration with The Office Group (TOG) sought to present a ‘Framework for Exchange’ to encourage creativity and collaboration in a temporary, two-storey pavilion in Shoreditch.
Constructed from reusable scaffolding, the purpose of the structure was to encourage interaction, collaboration and community through different forms of exchange that shared work spaces organically promote. As an exploration of TOG’s place within the shared economy as a provider of workspaces, the project considered the framework required to cultivate interaction and knowledge sharing, both physically and figuratively.
Throughout the London Design Festival, ‘Framework for Exchange’ was home to a rich public programme which, through active collaboration, focused on the exchange of knowledge, skills, time and goods. During the opening weekend, the creative generosity network, Good for Nothing, hosted a one-day creative collaboration hack event. This brought together a pop-up community of creatives to work on live challenges that helped accelerate the work of three London-based social ventures.
During the week, students from Kingston University were selected to fulfil a design brief during a charrette, hosted by TOG and ourselves. The pavilion also played host to illustrator-in-residence Tom Dowse, who did live-sketching sessions in the pavilion, transforming visual observations and verbal exchanges from visitors into bespoke literal and abstract illustrations. These encouraged participants to reconsider how creativity can be inspired through moments of exchange.
Visitors to the pavilion were encouraged to participate in smaller-scale examples of exchange throughout the week, from workshops teaching visitors how to up-cycle plastic bags into mats for rough sleepers, to trading in books, vinyl and ‘dead’ tech, culminating in a ‘marketplace’ across the final weekend of the festival.