Will Tooze & Daniel Wood — Plan for Chalk Bridge
Graduation year — 2022
Email — will.tooze@the-LSA.org; daniel.wood@the-LSA.org
Phone number — 07739067996
Tutors — Jesper Henriksson & Akari Takebayashi
Location — Chalk Bridge, Edmonton, London Borough of Enfield
Size — 200,000sqm
To re-evaluate the potential of urban planning, using the Lea Valley as both an impetus and possible site of experimentation. As a case study in the relationship between control and blindness, the Lea Valley furnishes London with a parable of the tensions of modern development.
Ambiguity is becoming a rarity in the Lea Valley – planning flattens paradoxes. To counteract this, planning theory needs to be turned against itself. Useless space will be developed out of the functional.
This uselessness is not a gratuitous abandonment or the entry of chance, but rather opposes these things as a kind of rhetorical blockage.
Taking inspiration from the maze as an example of a useless plan, our proposal is for a wilful amalgam of functional elements into a pointless whole at a key junction in the Lea Valley. This strategy operates both logically as an urban form, cinematic device and environmental adaptation and illogically as an ambiguous image.