In May staff and students from the School of Architecture were invited to take part in a one day Design Charette organised by Poet in the City and Richmond Council. The other participants were the architectural practices Bennetts Associates, Duggan Morris, and Maccreanor Lavington along with artists, public art consultants and Council officers.
Poet in the City set the challenge of finding ways in which poetry might inspire the transformation of Twickenham Riverside. The results of the competition were recently presented at Orleans House in Twickenham with the publication of a booklet and film. Graham Henderson, Chief Executive of Poet in the City thought the Kingston team ‘Produced a bold modern vision for the redevelopment of the site, with a strong emphasis on public art and the creation of cultural facilities on the Riverside’
The Kingston team included post graduate students Mike Anderson and Tommy Jay. Their tutor Andrew Budd said:
‘We see the purpose of our proposal as being a basis for a further conversation, a context in which a long-term strategy of integrating art in the form of the written word and architecture can be explored’
Graham Henderson added
“Poet in the City is at the forefront of current thinking in the field of text based art…opening dialogue with architects and developers about the huge and varied benefits of poetry and public art in urban regeneration is vitally important’