Matt Olson, a designer from the Cities stopped through A/AA the other day. As usual, we were clued in to the historical continuum. Always a lovely bit of space travel that is. Matt was excited about the project, and mentioned that he had recently found out about a community initiated, anarchic if you will, project that began in Hackney, in East London in the early 70′s. Apparently the project just finished up recently. Folks within the area of Hackney took it upon themselves to enact an intuitive building project in an empty lot. Here’s some info I’ve coming across so far about it. I can’t wait to find out more.
In the late 1970s a group of people living in the borough of Hackney in East London began building a structure on a derelict lot in their neighborhood and continued building until this January. The story of the project’s origins are shrouded in mystery. What is known is that because the residents couldn’t decide on what they wanted to build, they made three rules. The first was that not only would they build without any plan or blueprint, they would not discuss the direction of the project at all. Second, when they were on the building site, no one was allowed to speak. Third, the building would never be completed in that anyone at any point could decide to take it in a new direction. So the structure was built for thirty years until last autumn when the council sold the land to a developer who tore it down in January.…
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