Hackney New Square is based on the fact that the city is currently designed for neurotypical users. The project aims to develop design principles to inform an ‘A-Typical’ architecture that can be realised in any context and at a variety of scales.
The principles are then tested on a prominent opportunity site in Hackney, where the local authority has voiced a desire for the area to become London’s first ‘neurodiverse-friendly borough’.
The scheme provides art therapy space, alongside a new East London NHS autism care facility, and inclusive homes for Hackney residents. The scheme fosters the social integration of the user group by providing flexibility, with opportunities for interaction or for retreat, according to changing needs.
The principles have been compiled to form the basis of a draft piece of policy advocating for inclusive ‘A-Typical’ spaces across the country.