Made in Blackpool: Project for a Community Makerspace
Architecture, BSc (Hons)
NB. Views and opinions of students in the degree show are their own and do not represent the views of the University.
Project 1: Temple of Antithesis.
The project required a design for an architectural intervention that would offer a place to gather, a place to share and a place to be alone with oneself and create sensory ‘sacred’ experiences for their inhabitants.
A person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else.
“love is the antithesis of selfishness”
Connected with God or a god or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.
(especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.
“the individual’s right to work has been upheld as sacrosanct”
Project 2: Project for a Community Makerspace.
The existing souvenir culture in Blackpool is oversaturated. Shelf upon shelf of often imported novelties stretched miles along the promenade advertised by bright luminescent billboards. During the day, these stores seem pointless, lifeless even, however at night they become filled with tourists, locals, and children. It is evident that the night is when these shops earn their keep. The same can be said for the promenade itself. These novelties are both cheap and overpriced, pointless yet hilarious, but always ephemeral. Blackpool feels ephemeral, like a short high. An over satiated haze, transitory. Souvenirs seemingly exist only to exploit for capital which becomes evident with ‘made in somewhere else’.
A souvenir should be locally made, support local businesses and local people. A souvenir should be a memory of an experience, a personal memento. With Blackpool lacking localism, contributing to the local community is essential for the proposal.
It is the user or buyer that gives meaning to an object, beforehand it merely waits to exploit the emotions of memory and reminiscence.
“it is the pedestrians who transform a street (geometrically defined as a place by town planners) into a space.” – Marc Ague, 1995.
The project aims to provide the tourists and residents of Blackpool a community makerspace workshop centred around Lino printing. Visitors would be able to learn the process and produce tailored souvenirs based on their Blackpool experiences, to which they can either keep or donate to an on-site gallery to support local artists.