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Dis-assemble/Re-assemble: The Temporary Nature of Buildings

Part 2 Project 2023
Jacob Lee
Kingston University Kingston | UK
This project seeks to redefine how we approach land development through a lens of ecology and radical reuse, by reimagining the development of a site in Dagenham, East London, which will soon become home to the City of London's three relocated wholesale markets: Spitalfields, Smithfield and Billingsgate.

A new ecological corridor will expand neighbouring Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINCs) and connect cut off residential neighbourhoods to the River Thames, whilst also addressing the growing impermeability of cities, and the resulting risks of pluvial flooding.

Existing foundations and ground slab of a now demolished gas power-station are reused to define the limits to the new market footprint, whilst the rest of the site is returned to its historic wetlands condition, to provide local flood mitigation.

The new building itself will be constructed by disassembling and moving the existing New Spitalfields market and other decommissioned industrial buildings, to be reassembled on site as a new public architecture that can host markets from 4am to 8am weekdays and be used as a significant new community and events space for the locality and London as whole.

Jacob Lee

Nicholas Lobo Brennan
Astrid Smitham
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