URBAN SPACES AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY
Local communities, neighbourhoods, conveniences and public spaces have seen an increase in necessity and investment of money and time during a period of lockdown. Urbanisation has been developing and enhancing cities and countries across the world for many years, however, in recent years a surge of architectural and sensual focussed projects have seen urbanisation projects evolve into community experience spaces.
Harbour Baths, Copenhagen
Established architect Bjarke Ingles, has become renowned for his transformation of urban spaces in to community projects across Denmark, with a key focus on Copenhagen. From communal residential living spaces, parks and education centres, each space by BIG has been evolved to enhance the lifestyle of its community.
People go the Harbour Baths in a way that people go to the beach, a place to socialise and play - designed as an extension of the nearby park to allow local people to swim in the middle of city. The terraced landscape offers dry-docks, piers, boat ramps, cliffs, playgrounds and pontoons to create opportunities for all pockets of behaviour whilst accommodating and interacting with surrounding environment.
The High Line, New York
On the West Side of Manhattan, The Highline project was designed to reimagine the role that public spaces have in connecting neighbourhoods and cities.
Built on the historic elevated rail lines, the gardens have been designed seasonally so that the landscape evolves and transforms over the year, creating a dynamic environment that encourages people to interact and connect with nature. Working with the surrounding communities, the High Line has become a community space that encourages congregation, connecting with neighbours, experiencing art and performance as well as providing a platform that captures human emotions and senses.
Royal William Yard, Plymouth
In the coastal town of Plymouth, the Royal William Yard – a development by regeneration practice Urban Splash - has given the city a scene for culture and well-being.
The rejuvenation of the historical maritime yard came from the need to create a community of independent brands and events that connected the city with its history, nature and neighbourhoods. The transformation of the Grade II listed store houses has created opportunities for a multitude of businesses and communities as the area encourages families to socialise and dine, people to connect with nature through walking the costal path or swimming in the tidal pool as well as creating a balance of work and living spaces.
Rainham Marshes, London
Creating a space for education and connection with nature. Rainham Marshes has become a centre for the RSPB to engage and enthuse visitors through the development of accessibility to surrounding communities.
By leaving the nature reserve virtually untouched, designers Van Heyningen and Haward Architects have quietly and modestly anchored a education centre within the grounds. Relying on solar power and recycled rainwater that clapboard-clad structure sensitively works with the environment. The development of this centre has encouraged visitors from London to the marshlands, in turn, elevating the charities work and ethos