Rainbow of Desires


Performance meets social living in a travelling commons

Rainbow of Desires


Performance meets social living in a travelling commons
A forum for empowering communities through performative workshops and communal living
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“Rainbow of desires” is a set of pavilions initially conceived for the open spaces of the Rhodes estate in Dalston, East London, in response to gentrification, which sees social housing tenants being marginalisation and imminently evicted.

We propose workshops held in and around the pavilions based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed to generate social, cultural and material value for the community.

The pavilions are envisaged to travel across London and to other European cities bringing the opportunity for the local community to find its voice amidst the rapid urban redevelopments.

During a 3-month long stay at any one site the pavilions act as performative devices, workshop spaces and spaces of communal everyday life - public seating area, open kitchen, exchange library, cinema. In their centre an open-air forum is created.

This commons' values-empowerment and resilience-stay in the hands of the commoners as the “Rainbow of desires” moves where it's needed.


Pavilions in the open space of the estate

Closer look at each pavilion and the central space

Rhodes estate, the initial community to benefit from the Rainbow of Desire

Street scene

Pavilion assembly sequence


Idea by

Orsalia Dimitriou, Dejan Mrdja, Kleanthis Kyriakou, Emma Twine, Veronika Szabó and Ilma Molnar
Studio Syn
Hackney
London
United Kingdom
London-based Orsalia Dimitriou, Dejan Mrdja, Kleanthis Kyriakou, Emma Twine, Veronika Szabó and Ilma Molnar are active in the disciplines of architecture, theater and activism. The role of each member in the shaping of our proposal is multifaceted and interlinked. Orsalia Dimitriou and Dejan Mrdja are the founding members of the architectural practice Studio Syn and are practicing architects and lecturers in Central Saint Martins, Westminster University and Writtle College.

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