Remembering the Future

Borough Road Gallery, Critical Care Symposium 

London South Bank University, 2018

St. Paul's Centre, Hammersmith,

London Festival of Architecture, 2017

This architecture and video installation explored older residents memories of home and housing as a means to spark imagination for a new intergenerational affordable housing scheme.

Created by Carolyn Defrin with 

designer Paul Burgess, Levitt Bernstein architects and residents from Hammersmith Untied Charities: Dinesh, Elsie, Peggy, Bryan, Bob, Kate and Clodagh

 'an opportunity to fuse architectural practice and expression with artistic vision and expression.' 

-Tim Hughes, former Chief Executive and Clerk to the trustees, Hammersmith United Charities

Resident and participant Elsie visits the installation and watches her own story with housing scheme managers Jill and Cathy, St. Paul's Centre June, 2017
Critical Care Symposium attendees visit the installation in its remount at Borough Road Gallery, March 2018

Residents share memories of Hammersmith and their home life to incite imagination for a new affordable intergenerational housing development planned with Levitt Bernstein Architects and Hammersmith United Charities. 

A sample of residents' stories 
(featuring Dinesh, Brian, Clodagh and Elsie)
From the practical to the expressive, the residents' reflections fill the architectural models that have been built by Levitt Bernstein to reflect the flats at the charity and inform future housing development.

Selection of Full Stories


"Here, the pronounce-ability of what matters to the resident is what drives the service provider, not the other way around. How space is used, the value of the oasis, of colour and interaction between neighbours as well as their proclivities for privacy, comes alive in these stories and in our method for storytelling. Considering design processes as a more artistic experiment guided predominantly by the values of residents, offers a new vision of consultation processes."                           

 -excerpt from PhD thesis "Intra-vulnerabilities: co-creating culture with communities, funders and artists"

by Carolyn Defrin

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