RIBA Installation in Regent’s Park by POoR Collective opens today

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) marks the centenary of the groundbreaking Becontree Estate in East London with an ambitious series of art and architecture assignments accompanied by events and a learning program. Two of the commissions are opening today: an installation in Regent’s Park ‘Bringing Home to the Unknown’, a collaboration between students from Mayesbrook Park School, an alternative supply school in Becontree and social enterprise POoR (Power Out of Restriction) Collective and a photography show of Kalpesh Lathigra: Man’s Tree Named Beohha – Get Free Now.

The exhibition ‘Lived In Architecture’ with artist Verity-Jane Keefe opens at RIBA Architecture Gallery on October 21st.

Once described as the largest council estate in the world, the Becontree Estate in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham is still the largest council estate in the UK, housing over 75,000 inhabitants. Built 100 years ago and conceived as part of the Garden City movement, it was an achievement of government planning and radical housing policy. Becontree sets the agenda for housing that puts the well-being of residents and typological innovation at the center of its design. It was the originator of the dead end, and most houses had both front and back gardens at the time without precedent for public housing.

Today, Becontree is another property, shaped by 100 years of changes in policy-making, shifts in demographics, and post-industrialization. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham are working to renew and revitalize the property for current residents and future generations.

Marie Bak Mortensen, exhibition manager at RIBA:

“RIBA is pleased to be part of the Becontree Centenary. Through a number of different projects, we aim to form new understandings of the property for both residents and non-residents. The exhibitions and commissions highlight the role that residents have played in the development of Becontree since 1921 and the changing relationship between physical space and its society. ”

Installation of Regent’s Park ‘Bringing Home to the Unknown’
by POoR Collective with year-10 students from Mayesbrook Park School, Becontree
Regent’s Park
Opening October 8, 2021 – closes at the end of October

A collaboration between students from Mayesbrook Park School, an alternative school in Becontree and social enterprise POoR (Power Out of Restriction) Collective will result in a new public real estate installation in central London’s Regent’s Park. This is the culmination of a series of workshops that have explored ideas about belonging and activating public spaces. The installation will express the young people’s collective experiences in central London as a mythical place – a landmark in their memory – representing an area so close to Becontree, yet so far away from their reality and everyday life. Through a colorful and functional structure, the young people will take up residence in the park and use their voice to create a place where they can have a real share in and invite park residents to perform new uses of the iconic park with them.

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