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By Denise Roland
Friday, August 10, 2012
They may look like they’ve fallen out of the pages of a science fiction novel, but these bizarre buildings could help shape Tottenham’s future.
A team of architecture students have dreamed up ideas including construction of a high-rise farm in the middle of the Broadwater Farm estate, a community hub in the police station and a mentoring centre with a football pitch for a roof straddling Monument Way.
The Birmingham City University students spent a year focusing on Tottenham after last summer’s riots, with the brief of making the area a happier place, and came up with 11 proposals that are intended to boost residents’ wellbeing.
Dominic McKenzie, a visiting professor at the university who led the project with teaching partner Peter Morris, said: “We wondered how we could improve Tottenham through changes to the physical space.”
The students did research including visits to the area and interviews with residents.
One idea envisaged Broadwater Farm estate residents growing their own vegetables on a vertical farm constructed on unused space.
An exhibition to showcase the ideas opened last week, funded by ‘crowdsourcing’ – donations from the public. Professor McKenzie said there was scope for large-scale building projects to be funded in the same way after he raised £780 for the display in less than three weeks.
The exhibit, at the Bernie Grants Arts Centre in Town Hall Approach Road, South Tottenham, ends today.