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  • By Ala Sokolowska
    Oct 15, 2009
    "review" Review by: Ala Sokolowska In 'The Elephant and Castle Project' by Patrick Tubridy you will find photographs from two site specific interventions projects done in Elephant and Castle area in London, UK. Patrick Tubridy had been involved in studying two different public spaces: Heygate Estate Tower block and Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. In his work, he refers to the work of London born artist Stephen Willats who has initiated many seminal multi-media art projects everywhere from tennis clubs and public galleries to inner city housing estates. Combining cybernetic and philosophical models, information theory, systems analysis, and semiotics with an ideology of community, Willats has developed work that reacts against what he sees as the historical determinism of art. Rather than presenting visitors with icons of certainty he creates a random, complex environment that stimulates visitors to engage in their own creative processes as an alternative to passive... More > observation. In his projects Patrick Tubridy had installed four posters within the tower block of Heygate Estate. All posters had an image of the tower block from the distance and there was a question above asking: Tell me? What do you think about me? Second set of six posters was placed by Patrick in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. Each one of the posters had a different question or statement relating to the shopping centre, for example: What's happening to your shopping centre? Patrick also attached pens close to the posters so passers by can write down their thoughts or opinion. In this 38 pages photo book you will find a significant material done within the regeneration of both: Heygate Estate and the Elephant and Castle shopping centre. His book made me think not only about the regeneration plan of the Elephant and Castle area and its key concepts of : * demolition of the shopping centre and Heygate Estate * rehousing of Heygate Estate residents into high quality social housing in the Elephant and Castle area * removal of the congested road system and rerouting of traffic out of the core area * creation of a new pedestrian-friendly town centre * development of 6, 600 new homes * creation of 75,000m2 of modern retail and leisure facilities * design of an improved transport interchange * creation of two new parks * addition of two extra schools, including a city academy * creation of over 4,000 new jobs as a result of these changes * adoption of a range of innovative measures to minimise energy consumption * quality design at the heart of the plans but also made me think about the relationship between people and public spaces. This book is definitely worth attention.< Less
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Product Details

Published
November 16, 2007
Language
English
Pages
38
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
Weight
0.3 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
9 wide x 7 tall
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