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Architecture (MA)

John Langran

Two aspects that guide my life are the process of making and collaboration. Furniture, sculpture, set design, architecture – these are the areas that I have spent most of my time exploring. The act of collaboration is the second equally important aspect of my practice, the artists, creatives and community that I work with are an integral part of the practice I would like to build in the future.

Image of john langran who has thick eyebrows, a shaved head and a beard with two little hoop earrrings.

This project is made up of a series of actions that constitute a method of working, that has been driven by a conversation with Marie Bak Mortensen From Create London as well as regular contact with the Wards Corner Latin Village community.

The method I’m using is not new. However, this project has taught me a number of things, such as: The importance of gaining trust from a community as an outsider and an understanding that this requires a considerable amount of time and commitment. 

As well as this, the research portion isn’t simply research but is a significant aspect of the project. It shouldn’t only be considered research, it should be considered an integral part of the design.

We also need to re-think our approach to practising architecture by changing how we value engaging with the communities that we design for. This is because long-term benefits of working like this, out way the short-term effort. Especially considering that practices currently pay for community engagement reports.

As Richard Sennet says

“On the highway, you are making a journey, but you are not learning much about others during the course of your journey. You are moving through space rather than experiencing place”

I believe that this method of immersing ourselves within the communities we design for will lead architects to design place rather than simply designing space.

Compilation of all practices


Food Cart on the street
How can I change the quality of interaction to better understand what the community might want?
Cooking as a form of interaction
How can the typology of a food cart be used to interact with the local community in Tottenham with the help of the market traders?
The function of the cart
Interacting with the public
Can making be used to facilitate conversations?
Movable architecture
Layout of materials
Colour Matching 1
Colour Matching 2
Colour Matching 3
Colour Matching 4
Colour Matching 5
Column replication
Cart closed
Cart open
Site model
Site model closer
Cart and Jigsaw pieces
Engagement ObjectsThese objects were used as a mode of interaction at monthly event held by the community organisers, called the Family Fiesta (Family Party). it is an event that aids in keeping the community together as well as spreading information about the CBS.
Engagement pieces
These objects were created and used at one of the events as a way of enabling some of the children to describe what they would like to see in the building once it has been developed by the CBS themselves as a Grassroots community development.
Logo Engagement Piece
Jigsaw pieces
Cart as base for activity
Painting the pieces