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Israel H Cola

IHC STUDIO

http://www.israelhcola.com

20 Cowper Road. N16 8PF, London, United Kingdom
IHC Studio is an emerging architectural and spatial design practice with a vocation for social innovation. Inspired by practice-lead research, the studio moves swiftly between construction and academia. Exploring the symbiosis between public/private and permanent/temporary, they work on a wide array of built projects that question the traditional typologies. They favour collaborative, multidisciplinary design methods to get deeply involved in fabrication, making and crafting processes.

Permawhile


A strategic network of temporary civic centres in vacated buildings

Permawhile


A strategic network of temporary civic centres in vacated buildings
Mapping and re-activating local communities through temporary re-use of vacant facilities in urban contexts
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  • Systemic changes

Rapid development in cities create a large stock of empty buildings: 5 to 10% of commercial or public structures are vacant for at least 6 months.
Buildings and locations may change, but the amount of available space remains constant.
This temporary yet perpetuated slack stock is what we call Permawhile.

Today there is an evident crisis of the Civic. Architects don’t find new definitions to counteract privatisation, while the rise of the virtual sphere questions the need for physical structures of socialisation.

We propose the reactivation of the dormant network of empty buildings, to create temporary civic centres in the heart of communities with deficit of public facilities.
By re-colonising these strategic vacant structures, we redefine the civic paradigm as a networked space of human exchange, dynamic and adaptive yet with a strong vocation of permanence: can we make a contingent framework feel as grounded as a Greek agora?


Permawhile


A strategic network of temporary civic centres in vacated buildings

Permawhile


A strategic network of temporary civic centres in vacated buildings
Mapping and re-activating local communities through temporary re-use of vacant facilities in urban contexts
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Rapid development in cities create a large stock of empty buildings: 5 to 10% of commercial or public structures are vacant for at least 6 months.
Buildings and locations may change, but the amount of available space remains constant.
This temporary yet perpetuated slack stock is what we call Permawhile.

Today there is an evident crisis of the Civic. Architects don’t find new definitions to counteract privatisation, while the rise of the virtual sphere questions the need for physical structures of socialisation.

We propose the reactivation of the dormant network of empty buildings, to create temporary civic centres in the heart of communities with deficit of public facilities.
By re-colonising these strategic vacant structures, we redefine the civic paradigm as a networked space of human exchange, dynamic and adaptive yet with a strong vocation of permanence: can we make a contingent framework feel as grounded as a Greek agora?



Idea by

Israel H Cola
IHC STUDIO
20 Cowper Road. N16 8PF
London
United Kingdom
IHC Studio is an emerging architectural and spatial design practice with a vocation for social innovation. Inspired by practice-lead research, the studio moves swiftly between construction and academia. Exploring the symbiosis between public/private and permanent/temporary, they work on a wide array of built projects that question the traditional typologies. They favour collaborative, multidisciplinary design methods to get deeply involved in fabrication, making and crafting processes.