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Part 2 Project 2004
Max Kettenacker
David Magennis
University of Cambridge Cambridge UK
Sited in Hornchurch, my scheme is framed by an urban strategy that draws upon the existing medieval fabric and plots of the High Street. Mediating stitches are introduced to establish a hierarchy of spaces from the commercial edge to the suburban hinterland. The proposal itself is imagined as a re-interpretation of the DIY store encompassing a craft school, workshops and retail accommodation. My aspiration is to provide a viable alternative to the retail park that builds on the vitality of Hornchurch High Street to provide a community of related activities that is ultimately more sustainable and more human in scale.
Max Kettenacker
David Magennis


Max Kettenacker’s project is a bold response to the particular problems of Hornchurch, Essex, which seeks to address a broader issue: the relationship between areas of suburban sprawl and the town centres that form their core. Careful investigation of the cultural and financial condition of suburbia has informed a new type of development that aims to contribute to both the civic and commercial life of this fragile environment. The resultant project takes a critical position towards the approach to suburban transportation problems reflected in out-of-town shed development, by demonstrating how new attitudes to development can restructure and revitalise suburban centres.

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