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︎Year 4


Kirsty Bekoe-Tabiri

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Brand New


This project follows retail in its transition from a necessity to cultural activity, aiming to reframe retailised space in debates of cultural and heritage space and explores some ways these hybrid spaces can represent and house alternative heritage by way of previously uncredited cultural output. As contemporary multi-ethnic heritages start to demand social and academic recognition, how might they integrate into heritage at national level in developments designed to last an average of thirty years? The project explores ways the metabolization of a city block in Barking town centre can produce a venue for cultural production, exchange, and consumption. This space aims to empower community members through the creation of indoor public space, enabling social participation, skill-sharing, and production of site-specific identity. Whilst mediating policy-protected conservation and retail zones, it appropriates already disused space in the middle of the city block to create a negotiating community space between Barking’s retail centre and so-called ‘civic core’. What might a library of common goods look like if it contained the tools for expressing Barking’s identity to the rest of the city?
London, UK



Kirsty Bekoe-Tabiri

︎Year 4





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