Monthly Archives: February 2012

‘All that is solid is made to be broken tomorrow, pulverized or dissolved, so it can be replaced next week, and the whole process can go on again and again, hopefully forever, in ever more profitable forms’ (Berman, 1987). Creative destruction characterises many processes by which capitalist development grows out of the destruction of some prior order. Within the colliding and fractured urban landscape of Hackney Wick and the Olympic site, what new city type can be re-imagined? An in-between zone is proposed, acting as a political suture – the process of destruction-creation is reversed to “an uninterrupted process of creation and re-creation” (Constant, 1974). The ‘floating city’ is grounded in the urban fracture and escapes the contextual air space pressure by minimizing its footprint and exploiting the structure of existing buildings. It is fed and grows using waste materials from construction and destruction sites, and hosts a fragile network of artistic communal spaces.



From the reinterpretation and hybridisation of the ‘fence’, can we establish new social orders and future myths and ideologies? 

Pee Power - KICC ChurchFence CityPee Power - KICC Church

In light of the 2007 financial crisis the role of the ‘informal sector’ as a saviour of urban networks in times of hardship has not gone unnoticed. ZCBT is a sustainable organisation that temporarily inhabits liminal boundary components with local informal communities. This entirely self-sufficient commodity provides developers and local councils with site management and security through STREET ACTIVITY and sets seeds for future local urban networks. Policy makers view it as a key tool in neutralising and making sustainable the privatisation of the urban realm. This is top down urban management with a bottom up feel.