ANTAEIC MAGIC: ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS THROUGH THE UTOPIAN CITY AND THE INSTITUTE OF BRICOLAGE
by Iman Dagnoko
Antaeic Magic: Addressing homelessness through the Utopian City is a series of Gatehouses, located on top of the Nash Terraces. The notion of Antaeic Magic explores creative ways to empower and uplift a multifaceted and overlooked community mistakenly referred to as ‘homeless’. Through creative site studies, this proposition uses a series of games that pushes the creative user to engage with this issue through the Utopian City, elevating and celebrating this community. The juxtaposition of the Gatehouses disrupts the formality of Nash's architecture and their presence highlights the importance of this often ignored situation. These ideas are extended to The Institute of Bricolage which explores ways to stabilise and empower this overlooked community through Bricolage as a design methodology. Linked to the earlier Gatehouses, it foregrounds this community and empowers them through the creation of spaces and programs that facilitate exchanges, collaborations, essentially a bricolage of communities and activities that unifies in contrast to the monotonous settings of Nash's Park Crescent. Creating new dynamics and metabolising the site, the Institute acts as a new type of 'socio-political' manifesto where the concept of community is key to challenging the cynical city that rejected these dialogues.
The creative user and the Exquisite Corpse game as enacted on Great Portland Street