Created by Carolyn Defrin
with Levitt Bernstein Architects and Petit Miracles
In celebration of Hammersmith United Charities' 400th anniversary, artist/researcher Carolyn Defrin and Levitt Bernstein architects continued a collaboration to explore how creative approaches to design might inform a new intergenerational housing scheme planned by the charity.
After an initial project for the 2017 London Festival of Architecture, where they engaged the charity's older residents, this time they partnered up with Petit Miracles to create a playful and reflective environment for people of all ages.
In an interview Carolyn conducted with Hammersmith locals as part of her PhD research on arts and communities, this chance question between a young person and an older resident housed by the charity, sparked the idea for this project.
How could we get people to talk with each other about age? How could we do so in a fun and casual way that might inform design for peoples' needs?
Colourful, multidirectional benches?
Questions about age and home life?
We had a lot of wonderful conversations on this day and may pop the installation up again soon, so stay tuned!
Levitt Bernstein creates award winning buildings, living landscapes and thriving urban spaces using inventive design to solve real life challenges. They work on places and spaces of all shapes and sizes, but have particular expertise in housing for older and vulnerable people - advocating the principles of inclusive design in both their projects and research.
Petit Miracles reduce unemployment through training and work experience in traditional craft, restoration, basic DIY, retail, entrepreneurship and business skills. They create opportunities for beneficiaries to create their own jobs.