‘Our East 20’ is moving…

The ‘oureast20.london’ project website was originally a Joomla! CMS site and contained not only an interactive map but also a wealth of written, audio, video and photographic material from the project. That site is in the process of being relocated and rebuilt in a more mobile-friendly form as a project legacy. In the meantime we are displaying selected content here.

The ‘This is Our East 20’ project, which was commissioned and funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation, centred on a series of exploratory workshops with two year-nine groups at the Chobham Academy school in Stratford London E20. The aim was to explore the young peoples’ awareness of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in which the school is situated, and to draw out their ideas about what the East 20 area was all about from the viewpoint of local young people.

Initial sessions included individual and group mapping of young peoples home locations and journeys in to school, combined with analytical and imaginative mapping/junk modelling sessions where the groups drew, annotated and made small 3D  models on top of a large-scale base map of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This helped situate group activities and used informal table-top mapping and modelling to create a shared social and spatial narrative. These first sessions were hosted by the school’s excellent Art Department and used a wide range of materials in an easy and informal learning environment.

Later sessions, conducted under the groups’ Geography syllabus, brought in architecture students, artists and designers to introduce a range of creative and critical approaches which the groups could use to explore what the park is, was and might be. These included activities out in the park and at school in classrooms:

  • experimentation with a range of 2D mapping activities including creating icons and symbols, drawing, annotation
  • expeditions into park areas recording in-situ with video and still photography
  • drawing and note-making of the urban environment
  • using cardboard ‘viewfinders’ to investigate vantage points and landscape ‘framing’
  • making multi-layer 2D/3D assemblages that combined cutout scenes, overlays on transparent acetate, small models