Finn Williams

MA work

ADS 1: Barking Reach, Barking and Dagenham

Instant Heritage for the Thames Gateway: A Monument to Suburbia

As the world gets covered in brand new culture, heritage has become an increasingly valuable and mutable resource. Whether recalled as a knee-jerk reaction against homogenization, or invented to encourage further tourism, heritage is the new currency of globalization. Fabrication of the past, or -instant heritage- is instinctively mistrusted and frequently misused, but how can it be used to influence a place positively? The proposal is a masterplan for Barking Reach commemorating a fictional, improved version of suburbia; a large white lie as a better precedent for future development.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2007

  • ADS 1: Barking Reach, Barking and Dagenham

    Instant Heritage for the Thames Gateway: A Monument to Suburbia

    As the world gets covered in brand new culture, heritage has become an increasingly valuable and mutable resource. Whether recalled as a knee-jerk reaction against homogenization, or invented to encourage further tourism, heritage is the new currency of globalization. Fabrication of the past, or -instant heritage- is instinctively mistrusted and frequently misused, but how can it be used to influence a place positively? The proposal is a masterplan for Barking Reach commemorating a fictional, improved version of suburbia; a large white lie as a better precedent for future development.

  • Experience

  • Collaborator, General Public Agency, London, 2007; Co-Founder, The Green Man, Architecture & Amusement, London, 2006-present; Visiting Critic, Architectural Association, London, 2006-present; Architectural Assistant, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2004-5
  • Exhibitions

  • Revisit: Urbanism Made in London, Architekturforum Oberosterreich (AFO), Linz, Austria, 2007; Babylon:don, Italian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy, 2006; Airspace: What Skyline Does London Want?, Architecture Foundation, London, 2006
  • Awards

  • UK Winner, Corus Undergraduate Architects Awards, 2005