Lively debate on Urban Voids

OSO Studio Space

The Urban Voids debate and exhibition led by João Gameiro Neves was well attended and provided a forum for an exciting exchange of ideas and some interesting propositions for the empty space behind Burlington House, where the Stage Coach depot used to be. The discussion covered the problem of balancing comprehensive plans for an area with temporary or short-term usage (notion of meanwhile spaces) and the way in which imaginative short-term projects can change how a space is perceived. The discussion also touched on the issue of ‘allowing spaces to become themselves’ and the Old Sorting Office was referred to as an example of a building with unusual “adjacencies” that has resulted in some exciting links being made; e.g. artist’s studio embedded within a business environment alongside a personal development programme for young people. The contributions of Christina Monteiro from muf art/architecture and Levent Kerimol from LDA (design for London) helped contextualise Dover’s dilemmas.