No Place Like Home: Predicting the future use of public space


Following exploration into fashion and recycling, the final installation in the No Place Like Home series takes a pure architectural standpoint in furthering the public debate about urban public spaces.  The project, entitled Territories of Misbehaviour, addresses two paradoxes inherent in architectural and spatial design: 

- The first is the tendency to base design development around predictions of the future use of yet to be constructed space.  These predictions are made in the certain knowledge that the architect or designer has no power to determine who may do what in a yet to be realised space.

- The second issue concerns the apparently straightforward distinction between the practice of architecture and the design of interiors, even though there is no consensus as to where the interior space ends and something else, like the city, nature or public space, begins.

The installation is based around the design and fabrication of a number of flexible constructions, which the studio refers to as ‘Constructed Urban Interfaces’. These adaptable, mobile, flexible structures are designed to be capable of three modes of occupation (Refuge, Installation and Communication) in three specified locations.

The installation is the work of MA ID Studio in collaboration with M Des Textiles at the University of Brighton in conversation with colleagues at the MA Interior Design department at the Politechnico Di Milano.

Pioneered by Scott Brownrigg, and conceived in collaboration with Dr Ivana Wingham, senior lecturer at The University of Brighton, the No Place like Home series aims to explore the design of public space by using a series of week-long installations to engage the architectural community, academics and the public in a debate on what makes a public space.  The installations are designed by several academics, architects and artists and focus on four European cities – Athens, London, Tallinn and Milan.  They are transforming Scott Brownrigg’s minimally designed private reception space into an extension of the London street and a public gallery.

A free public lecture about Territories of Misbehaviour followed by a debate about the issues raised will be held on Thursday 11 February at Scott Brownrigg’s offices from 6pm.  If you would like to attend, please call in advance to reserve your place.

Dates:                   8 - 12 February 2010
Opening times:   Installation:  Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm (Thursday to 8pm)
Public lecture:     Thursday 11 February 6 for 6.30pm.
Venue:                  Scott Brownrigg, 77 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9DZ
T:                           020 7240 7766
Map:                      Click here

(c) Image courtesy of Frank O’Sullivan presenting the work of MA ID Studio, University of Brighton