Cities have survived and thrived on having many forms of industry embedded in their plans. However, since the mid-to-late 20th century, efforts to meet the demand for more living space in cities and changes in production and distribution methods, have driven industry out. Cities have shifted from spaces of production to conglomerations of services and consumption.
Weave is an architectural investigation into how to densify London by normalising living with and around industry. The project uses textile techniques to investigate a methodology of redesigning industrial land to rethink and propose a living adjacency with industrial occupation.
The masterplan proposes a radical change to how we build in London, placing housing alongside the textile industry. The typical low-rise industrial block is transformed into a woven, productive block, allowing industry and housing to exist harmoniously.
Industry is now recognised as a visible and vital part of the urban fabric and offers a new vibrant way to live, work and make in the city.
Bryony is driven by the ability to impact on people’s quality of life and to make a real difference in tackling the climate crisis. Her specific interests lie within the circularity of design which heavily influenced her research project.
Working on an urban scale, Weave aims to normalise living with industry, creating sustainable production and consumption cycles. In designing communities which are centred around the ability to make, repair and recycle goods, we can shift our attitude towards a more circular approach, helping reduce the negative environmental consequences caused by our take-make-waste society.