Pop Up Pavilion with designs on community cohesion

20 November 2014

A new ‘Pop Up Pavilion’ is being planned for public use in Westminster and Camden to benefit local communities if £10,000 can be raised from sponsors to help build the ambitious structure.

The idea followed a competition set by tutors at Regent's and the Head of Outreach and Community Engagement for final-year BA Interior Design students to develop a reusable Pavilion to provide shelter and public space for activities such as debates, performances, films and social gatherings.

Regent’s students were given the brief of maximising innovation while sticking to a £10,000 budget and sixteen proposals were put forward. The judging panel was made up of representatives from the Howard De Walden Estate, Deputy Editor of Dezeen, Architect Carl Turner, Regent’s Students’ Union, and Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor of Regent’s University London.

The designs were reviewed for their aesthetics, ease of construction and transportation, with student Cécile Norwood’s ‘The Sanctuary’ emerging as the winner of the Pop-Up Pavilion competition.

Cécile commented: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to get this design built. I looked at what a University stands for and wanted to create a structure that is relaxed and free flowing, where people can come and feel a contrast to their busy lives, sit and interact with each other.”

Now moves are underway to turn the dream into reality and the University is busily seeking commercial sponsors for the project.

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Regent's Vice Chancellor, said: “Our public benefit activity is an important aspect of life at Regent’s.  Encouraging students, most of whom are international, to interact with the wider community through projects like the “pop-up pavilion” is a really innovative idea.  I now hope we can attract some commercial sponsorship and enable the designed structure to be built.  Such a pavilion would certainly be enjoyed by people from across the local community.”

Irene Uwejeyah, Head of Outreach & Community Engagement added: "It was a great honour to work with academics at Regent's to develop this project. I am very proud of the work that our students produced and I am thrilled with the winning design. It is my hope that we can obtain the funding for the Sanctuary Pavilion to be built and used by our local community".

Mark Gower, Interior Design Programme Director at Regent’s University London said: “This project helped illustrate the genuine talent of our Interior Design students. The winning Pavilion design will provide a great escape for people and we look forward to working with sponsors who can help us develop and share this important space with local communities.”

To support this Regent’s Pop Up Pavilion community initiative please contact Mark Gower, Interior Design Programme Director on T: +44 (0) 207 467 2473 | gowerm@regents.ac.uk

 


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