When the Tide Goes Out: The Right to Community

Emily Brown

Project description

Backstage culture is made of invisible networks, relationships and labour that exist outside of everyday public view. These threads are vital in fostering a shared identity and sense of belonging in our urban spaces.

When the Tide Goes Out delves into the damaging and lasting impact of large-scale regeneration developments that fail to engage with existing local communities. This model of development is characterised by its homogeneity and acts as a forceful wave, drowning the pre-existing urban fabric. Backstage cultures and spaces should be protected and designed to thrive when that tide goes out.

This project offers a counter-model for Elephant and Castle’s current £4 billion regeneration. The scheme foregrounds the preservation and growth of backstage culture by offering a new community centre to stand at the heart of the development. The new building and adjacent public spaces are designed to celebrate the successes of those previously living and working here, and create continuity of place.

Site location
Elephant and Castle

Emily Brown

Into Sundial Cafe

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Into the Great Hall

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Into the Library

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Towards the Market Square

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Towards the Fountain

Emily worked at Karakusevic Carson Architects during her inter-practice year at the LSA, after previously working at the studio in 2019. She has a background in housing and educational projects and was involved in the development of large scale housing for several London boroughs. Previously, Emily worked at Haverstock where she participated in the design of multiple SEN schools and restoration work.

She gained her undergraduate degree from Central Saint Martins, where she also led the Architecture Society, acting as president during her second year.

In her spare time, Emily likes to illustrate, experiment with photography and explore other architectural forms throwing pottery.