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Shirley Lo

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Strangeness in Limehouse


Founded upon the thesis argument that spatial strangeness has a significant role to play in propelling social change, the proposal integrates the strangeness that characterises the fictional realm of the neighbourhood into the regeneration of a disused warehouse. The repurposed space is controlled by a local sewing group, offering them a permanent venue to expand the scope of their work, whilst also providing local residents much-needed public amenities. With the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf forming a ubiquitous backdrop, the warehouse stands as a strange fragment in the banal and ordered city. The project culminates in a fictional film, narrated from the perspective of a participant of the sewing group, who arrived as an immigrant in Limehouse at the start of the narrative. She describes her personal journey and her encounter with the building, which became the key to unlocking the fictional realm of the neighbourhood. She began to draw parallels between her story and historic events, in a sequence that blurs the boundary between fact and fiction. Through a series of events, she discovers the hidden secrets of the neighbourhood, offering her a sense of ownership to the urban environment
Limehouse, London



Shirley Lo

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