Actually, I want to do something have more connection with the community(culture, gesture, behavior,..) but I still lack this kind of information, I am not sure what I exactly want to design. Therefore, I decided to exhibit an imaginative room space (based on the ‘what if’ writing on the previous blog) as a topic to interview the visitors.

I am assuming that in order to stay in E&C to protect the relationship and culture within the communities,  there will be 5 or 6 people live in one flat for sharing the high rent. Everyone may only have 6.4㎡ private space so that every space will be scaled to use (sufficiently use space).  So 8cm³ will be the standard of everything,  8cm³ cup, 16cm³ lamp, 16m³ pen container…

My purpose is

  • to encourage them to imagine the future community after regeneration.
  • to know more about their story about shopping center and their community.

 

Totally I interviewed three visitors in the studio.

  1. My first interviewee was a lady who always visits the studio on 2rd March. She seems really reject the regeneration plan because it is not good for the local community and the negative impact is basically similar to the information I posted in my previous blog. She thought everyone should benefit from the regeneration, if not, it’s a gentrification, a social cleansing. When I talked about the Latino community, she said that the Latinos will be affected by regeneration with no doubt, but there also have other communities in E&C. However, only Latin American community always be taken care more because they are the biggest community in this area. I think it is a phenomenon, when something happens, people usually concentrate on the big groups, and tiny groups always are less focused on or even be ignored.
  2. The second visitor’s interesting opinion for his community is adaption. He said everyone have to adapt to new environment if you want to fit in. He is from Africa so the weather in London is very different to his hometown. He needs to get used to the temperature, living habit, custom, etc. For shopping centre, he mentioned many people come to the shopping centre everyday. They have friends in there, they jog around, chat with each other, have lunch tea. For regeneration, basically he thought they can’t do anything only accept it. As a community, maybe they can influence the government but the regeneration is still happening (they can’t change the result). (Community) Culture is always ignored by the government because no one can profit from it. Big power always win so he has to adapt it.
  3. The third visitor only stayed for a moment. I think he didn’t want to chat with me. LOL. He lives in E&C area for five years and his opinion for regeneration is also like adapting to it. For the shopping centre, he said it is quite pitied to destroy it but there will be a new one, so after finish building, he will come again. But if the price in the new centre will be unacceptable in the future, maybe most people will decide to find another place. I started to imagine everyone will come back to the same place but in a new building. However, in reality, although many people will come back, most of the shops, friends, memories are gone.

Then, I tried to interview some passengers in the shopping centre but it was really tricky(they just said no). As my conclusion from the interview:

  • The visitors I interviewed are the elder and I think the people who have strong emotion with the shopping centre and the community is the elder as well. How young people think about regeneration? Are they much easier to accept it?
  • Every community has their own culture and relationship. These all need time to construct and complete. When something has relation to time, it will generate emotion and memory. But this kind of culture always is ignored.
  • Regeneration is the gentrification covering with a sheepskin. Only a few people can get benefit from it and low-incoming people is easy to be pushed out.

 

Then, I speculated much further.

  1. Rent rising caused by the regeneration plan
  2. Some Latinos can’t afford the rent so they decide to move to other places.
  3. Year after year, gentrification area is expanded much wider and quicker. Low-income Latinos are forced to live farther away, from zone2 to zone9.
  4.  As this kind of “disposable(short time) community”, there would be no more community spirit. Residences won’t care about maintain the relation with neighbors or even just ignore them.
  5. People can’t live without social so the community will evolve into another form (virtual community?).