Communicating the built environment

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Assemble and Join

We are incredibly excited to be working with Lambeth Council to deliver a community based arts and design-participatory engagement project at Lower Marsh, Waterloo.

Assemble & Join (A&J), is a pop-up workshop and gallery space opening in late October 2012 and running for an initial 3 month tenure. Situated in a former cafe, A&J will offer local residents, school children, shopkeepers, market traders and community groups the chance to collectively imagine, design and build changes to the public realm to better suit their needs, as well as those of the community as a whole. This will potentially include everything from way finding schemes and wildlife habitat to Christmas decorations.

The workshop will centre around a CNC machine; a digital manufacturing tool that can be programmed to accurately cut complex shapes from sheet material (predominantly plywood).  All workshops and drop-in sessions at A&J will be completely free for local residents, schools and businesses. A&J is bringing digital manufacturing to the high street, meaning anybody and hopefully everybody is able to play a more active role in shaping where they live and work.

Assemble & Join is re-imagining the role a high street can play within a community, and in turn the role a community can play in the way an area develops.  The street has many independent shops, market stalls and cafes and retains a strong sense of identity.