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Sanctuary in the City
This thesis explores the role played by places of worship within the Afro-Caribbean community in London and investigates how these black majority congregational spaces facilitate informal support networks within this group. Research looks to document the way these existing gatherings and networks operate spatially, investigating their urban condition and how this frames the practices that take place. The site is based in Southwark, South London, a culturally rich and vibrant borough home to the highest concentration of these churches in the country, and propositional work seeks out an architectural language through a collaborative approach, that looks to elevate and enhance these spaces of diasporic cultural expression.