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Alfred Yeung

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Culture Banking

London, UK


Following the arrival of cultural regeneration in the City, culture becomes a proxy war for political engagement.

The project imagines the reopening of the Bank of England as a cultural commons in the City of London; divided into two halves, the banking side retains its function as the financial regulator, while the cultural side is entrusted to a community-controlled Art Cooperative. By celebrating cultural democracy on Threadneedle street as a piece of urbanism, the public bank aims to catalyze a more democratic City.

The proposal is a reaction to the City of London Corporation’s attempt at making the city of banks more ‘friendly and accessible’. It critiques that via the establishment of an excess of nightclubs, free viewing decks and art spaces embedded in office towers, the production of a new breed of privately-owned-public-spaces only mask the disenfranchisement of its residents in the planning process of the capital-dominated City.
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Alfred Yeung

︎Year 5
yeungalfred1@gmail.com