One of the main ideas I’m looking into is derelict spaces, and using space in an unconventional way. I’ve always been in awe of urban explorer photography, and the unusual little details of abandoned houses such as the layers and layers of wallpaper, and old stationery and ephemera that got left behind.
A small sample of the random objects in London Road Fire Station, Manchester
I just happened across this campaign from channel 4, about the vast amounts of empty houses languishing away, when there is so much need for affordable housing, which led me on to look at what could be done with these empty residential properties, as well as commercial and industrial sites.
Ad Hoc housing is one such solution, creating temporary homes with short notice let agreements out of empty office spaces, homes and community buildings, providing an interesting and likely varied living space at a low cost, and preventing an otherwise useless plot entering a state of disrepair and potentially encouraging anti-social behaviour in the area.
3space is a national venture, turning the disused shops and office spaces that are popping up with increasing regularity across the UK’s high streets into art venues, charity spaces and community project centres.
This large retail unit in the centre of Manchester, once home to JJB Sport, is now a community focused Circus skills workshop, creating both creative and employment opportunities in an unusual and innovative way.
This concept is a really interesting idea, in terms of redevelopment and highlighting the potential of derelict buildings, as well as an interesting opportunity for possible locations and events as part of my work.