Over the first six weeks of the exhibition New Futures creative practitioners Carlotta Novella and Tom Butler will host a series of workshops with local community groups to draw out their future aspirations and remodel Poplar accordingly. The outcomes of each workshop will be mapped onto the Micro Museum’s mobile structure and incorporated into the exhibition display.
With its status as one of London’s first multi-ethnic districts, its history of political radicalism, and its role in architectural experimentation, the area of Poplar has contributed much to London’s identity. But what makes up Poplar’s own identity? And given the current forces at play, how can this be maintained for future generations? You are invited to contribute your concerns and hopes for a future Poplar, exploring the identity and varied elements that make-up this East End neighbourhood.
Mayflower Primary School, Friday 7th July, 9.15am-12.30pm
Spotlight Youth Centre, Tuesday 11th July, 6pm-7.30pm
The Men’s Cabin, Wednesday 12th July, 1pm – 3pm
PUBLIC WORKSHOP, Kafe 1788, Wednesday 26th July, 5pm (all welcome)
Carlotta Novella graduated with a BA in Construction Management in her hometown of Venice, and then an MA in Architecture: Cities and Innovation in London at Central Saint Martins. She is currently working on several projects around London and regularly travels to Sweden to tutor at Umea University of Arts. Her work addresses contemporary socio-political and cultural issues through a spatial lens, focusing on the interplay between private and public spaces. A great believer in collaborative work and making, Carlotta’s projects include temporary, mobile structures, architectural drawings, participatory workshops, events and performances.
Tom Butler has over 10 years’ experience in communicating urban identity and engaging audiences, working with organisations including the British Council, London & Partners, Arup Foresight and the Museum of London. As a creative producer, writer and editor, he specialises in the built environment and the technologies, buildings and experiences that underpin it, always keen to develop new approaches to describing people’s experiences of architecture and the city.