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Learning to Live with Elephants

Part 2 Project 2019
Sam Clayton
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts UK
This project attempts to challenge the process and practice of regeneration in the wake of high-speed rail by carving out opportunities for new places and uses in a station setting.

Left to its own devices, the market will not deliver complex and hybridised built form – it prefers to create monocultures. This independent project emerged following a placement with the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) to develop a series of briefs for what activities could happen here, designed to challenge and assist their ‘Early Activation’ Programme.

The ongoing proposal anticipates the role Willesden Junction Station will have in stitching together a rapidly regenerating portion of the city with the characterful but fragile neighbourhood in Harlesden.

A series of briefs emerged from site walks. The walks test alternative engagement methods designed to generate conversation with those who use Harlesden everyday as well as those planning its long-term future.

These site walks matched potential programmes with potential sites at critical locations for Willesden Junction. Transport infrastructure operates with a narrow managerial lens. By fixating on delivering its primary function of moving people and materials, there are missed opportunities to enable an adjacent cultural infrastructure in the rough edges they produce.

Sam Clayton

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