The post war era saw the clearance of slums and a new opportunity for housing. High rises were an effective solution to tackle the increasing population densities urban areas face. However, the dereliction of duty on the part of the government led to a decline in their upkeep. Resolving the challenge of an abundance of deteriorating post war social estate tower blocks, the prioritising of design of public sector social estate regeneration projects adapted to become safe and habitable homes is a worthy goal.
A specific focus is respecting community values and needs whilst achieving spatial justice within typical 1960’s high-rise tower blocks coming to the end of their usable life span.
There are phenomenal opportunities in extending the legacy of high rises towards a new chapter of adaptive re-use. It is time to rethink what a tower can be. It has more potential than to house people like caged hens stacked in boxes.
Kensington and Chelsea
London-based study at LSA was a staggering and refreshing experience. Experiencing diverse and vibrant pockets of West London’s life stimulated Simeon’s drive to exemplify propositional, relevant, innovative, metropolitan, entrepreneurial (PRIME) designs.
His thesis demonstrates conviction in uplifting underutilised spaces through considerate designs. This is achieved by utilising the abundance of standing or decaying existing resources throughout the surrounding urban fabric context.
Creatively, Simeon best thinks through visualising and hand drawing. He believes empathic and collaborative efforts to uplift a site are essential professionally, commercially and in ensuring a project is embedded and embraced by the community stakeholders it serves.