The project ‘New Ground’ investigates the potential for large-scale public architecture to meaningfully intervene across intensely segregated boundaries. In the context of London, perhaps the starkest boundary is between Poplar and Canary Wharf. To the north there is Poplar, a post-industrial struggling community with strong deprivation, subject to austerity and living in the shadow of its giant neighbour Canary Wharf – a global financial centre featuring millions of square meters of office space, connected to the rest of London through the Jubilee line, the DLR and soon the new Crossrail; yet failing to be connected to the city at ground level.
The physical boundary stretches two kilometers with one only link bridge, resulting in a total separation at ground level. It features an eight lane highway and the DLR which flies over, splits and merges across the length of the boundary.
In attempting to formally integrate these two very different territories on both sides, the project seeks to create a new piece of city to mediate this urban fragment and form a new continuity across the site. This way, the project considered not only stitching the cut physically but also programmatically, with the addition of programmes that establish a new place for social exchange that can hopefully strengthen the communities and their relationships. A new cultural centre and housing block will bridge the site across three main axes. A new ground of the city rolls through the project, connecting this new piece of urban fabric to the everyday performance of the city beyond.
School of Architecture
MA Architecture, 2018
Joana is from Portugal and moved to the UK to study architecture. She has worked in Lisbon with Aires Mateus and with David Chipperfield Architects in London.
- BSc Architecture with Architectural Engineering, University of Westminster, 2013
- Architectural Assistant, Aires Mateus Arquitectos, Lisboa, 2013 - 2014; Architectural Assistant, David Chipperfield Architects, London, 2015 -