East End company works with locals to design new spaces for Portobello

Locals living near the Westway flyover, architects and business owners came together to start the design process for new spaces on Thorpe Close, the road under the Westway between Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road. More than 50 people took part in workshop sessions to look at how to improve the area and to support the local shops and market stalls after disagreement about last year’s glass box building idea. An East End creative company called Studio TILT encouraged people to answer questions which provoked thought about the spaces like ‘What would you celebrate here?’ and ‘What would you read here?’, as well as drawing their ideas onto the ground, and building prototype structures out of cardboard boxes. They will now take the community’s ideas and develop them into proposals for the semi-permanent spaces that will be built at Thorpe Close. Wonder what they are going to come up with and why isn’t it being designed by one of our local architects? West is always best. More at: westway.org

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