ZERO CONFLICT URBANISM – COMMUNITY BOUNDARY TRUST (FENCE CITY)
AN AGENCY FOR TEMPORARY USE
From the reinterpretation and hybridisation of the ‘fence’, can we establish new social orders and future myths and ideologies?
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.
Multiple barriers – including viaducts, motorways and canals – define the boundaries of Hackney Wick, although following 2012 Olympic developments, there are some new bridges and attempts to improve key pedestrian routes to connect Hackney Wick to its surroundings. This project explores networks and space across a range of scales, and attempts to generate tools for architectural analysis and speculation out of material systems techniques.
Research has focused upon two such strategies: 1.Patterns on the surfaces of laminated steels, which are a cumulation of layers recording each folding during forging, and 2. Origami, where folding papers provides deployable structures and repeated patterns. Its plasticity provides possibilities of placing new facilities in existing infrastructure.