Re-engaging the Dis-illusioned
37% of children in Southwark leave school without any qualifications.
Southwark has UK's highest teenage crime in the UK.
The project exploits opportunities within the existing Elephant and Castle shopping centre (Southwark, London) and the transport nodes surrounding it. It reconfigures and manipulates existing city attractions for young people, and re-arranges them within the shopping centre creating opportunity.
The project creates new pathways, with learning nodes lying within them. Within these nodes lie alternative learning platforms relative to the attracting programme within the shopping centre, such as cooking lessons on way to takeaway shops, 'catching' the attention of young passersby. These nodes also become opportunities of knowledge exchange, and social mix between commuters and local residents.
Through generations, the young become the teachers, and they themselves inspire and generate interest and become the new attractors.
The new structure within, creates varying spacial qualities, varying the flow around different parts of the building.
The roof structure made up of lenses that rotate depending on movement on the floor, creating an interactive scattering of light within the internal spaces, whilst they shimmer externally as a signal to the outside world, as the hive of activity proceeds within the building.