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EXHIBITION: Young Visions for Tottenham

20 October - 7 November 2014
Monday - Friday, 9am - 6pm
Entrance free

Please join us for an exhibition showcasing the work of students from Northumberland Park Community School featuring their visions of how they would like to see change in N17.

John McAslan + Partners in conjunction with the London Borough of Haringey will be opening a new studio on Tottenham High Road in mid-November to provide a community facility in the centre of N17 that will showcase regeneration plans and engage with local people and students on the future of Tottenham. As part of this commitment to Tottenham, JMP set up an educational initiative with the Northumberland Park Community School.

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The initiative with Northumberland Park Community School began with a field trip of the N17 area on 26th June 2014, with programmed stops in key locations; Tottenham High Street, Tottenham Green and Seven Sisters Market. The 80 students were asked to take photos of what they liked and disliked and to record their opinions of the areas visited. The photos and information gathered on the field trip helped inform and illustrate the second phase of the programme, a workshop held 2 weeks later at the school on 9 July.

For the workshop the students were split into groups of 5 and tasked to create exhibition boards highlighting ways in which key areas of Tottenham could be dramatically improved. Students were asked to brainstorm the positive and negative elements of the area by referring to their own experience of their environment, along with the information collected during the field trip. These ideas were then drawn, written and collaged onto boards, with their ideas of how they would like to see change in the area presented back to the wider group, with emphasis on what they felt would enhance employment and business opportunities, improve safety for the whole community and improve cultural links within N17. Three winning boards were chosen, one from each area visited on the field trip, and judging was based on how well the approach was considered to the issues residents and businesses face in Tottenham.

The brainstorming portion of the workshop brought up a number of observations, some of which have been selected and put together on two banners as part of the exhibition. One banner represents what the students felt to be Tottenham's positive aspects and the other negative.

JMP's new studio is almost opposite the spot where the 2011 riots began and will offer local young people apprenticeships and work placements, providing an insight into the way a design studio operates. JMP is already working with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in a 12-month pilot project to give local students the chance to learn key skills with globally recognised architects. In this groundbreaking partnership with the Council, the new N17 Design Studio is a major commitment, demonstrating JMP’s belief that architecture can help change people’s lives. Through this new office and educational initiatives with local schools the practice is learning a great deal about local regeneration issues in a very direct way.

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