Thessaly Road Underpass

A shortlisted competition entry for the London Festival of Architecture to regenerate a neglected but much-loved underpass. We proposed dramatic optical instruments including a periscope and a camera obscura in the grounds of a local primary school, which allow the underpass to interact with passengers on trains above the bridge, while also acting as totems, revealing the existing low-income community in the midst of rapid private development.

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As these two communities come to accommodate each other, the totems also act as wayfinding, knitting the neighbourhood back into the wider city. The project was a collaboration led by Architecture Doing Place, with fine artist Mary Evans, West Port & Company & WriteTalkListen. 

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