OB1 LIVE 18: Free Time

February 2014

Background

As part of a larger project to design contemporary recreational facilities for Temple Cowley, Oxford, .year one students at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture ran a public consultation event at Templars Square Shopping Centre, Temple Cowley.

Extract from project brief “How do we spend our free time these days? Why do we say we spend it if it is supposed to be free? Free time can be productive but it isn’t paid work. With technology blurring the boundaries of time and place between work and home, have we been robbed of our free time? At a time of high unemployment, does too much free time become a burden? What has happened to the infrastructure in Cowley that was also a public expression of the recreational activities and collective endeavour of the area?”

To prepare for the public consultation event, students made a 1:250 model of the Cowley area. During the event they helped interested members of the public to mark on the model the places where they spend their free time and talked to them about what recreational activities they get involved with in the area. After the consultation event, the data that had been gathered was analysed. The model was brought back to the studio and was used as a record of recreational patterns in the area and to test architectural proposal models in context.

Team

Oluwatoyosi Adenuga, Cassandra Adjei, Nicole Akano, Daniel Almeida Carreno, Aslihan Arslan, Florence Atkin, William Audley , Craig Baigent, Samuel Barratt, Abdulmajid Basha, Kaloyan Baychev, Aylin Bayhan, Murad Baylarov, Dexter Benjamin, Jennifer Benton, Chintan Bhundiya, Fatima Bintube, Paul Bisbrown, Caroline Bowen-Long, George Brandon, James Brooks, Freja Brown, Joshua Brown, Michael Buckley, Gabrielle Bucknall, Phillippa Budd, Hannah Burrough, Rebecca Byren, Kirstin Campbell, Efe Chamay, Ben Chaney, Danai Charalampidi, Kieran Chauhan, Stephanie Chivers, Eunbi Choi, Dovile Ciapaite, Jermaine Coley Hines, William Conway-Smith, Emily Courtenay, Adrian Cristian, Marco Da Silva Rosa, Graham Davis, Enrique De La Cueva, Katherine Dechow, Hannah Drake, Emily Dudman, Ilze Dukovska, Isidora Durakic, Imogen Edwards, Sophia Edwards, Lucas Fabbri, Niloufar Fallah Damavandi, William Field, Sophie Flinder, Ioannis Galanos, Harriet Garbutt, Millie Gardiner, Christiana Georghiou, Robert Goacher, Joseph Goldman, Lucy Goldthorpe, Callum Graham, Sophie Grant, Frazer Gray, Faye Greenwood, Jessica Guy, Stefan Haest, Shahad Halawani, Emily Hawkings, Harriet Hawks, Adrian Hong, Alice Howland, Louisa Hunter, Joshua Hyland, Nikolay Ivanov, Konstanca Ivanova, Paige James, Mythilli Jeganathan, Gabriele Juzeliunaite, Sagarika Kaimal, Christina Knoff, Ayumi Konishi, Maria Konstantopoulou, Beril Kubin, Miranta Lafi, Daniela Larbalestier, Lucy Large, Var, Starbo Lind, Kristina Line, Luis Lopez Leon, Jessica Macnally, Conor Maher, Aliaksandr Manko, Minerva Mariotti, Rory Martin, Kwok Mau, Jonah Maxted, Olivia Mcandrew, Amber Mcleggan, Henry Meredith, Holly Mills, Dina Mjaland, Harriet Montague, Ali Morowa, Joy Mulandi, Catriona Musoko, Julie Myck, Olivia Myttion, Kimwa, Namrangwa Rai, Kieran Newell, Andrew Nicholls, Lucy Norton, Christina Odegaard Grytten, Esther Onaolapo, Xheremi Panariti, Mabel Parsons, Robert Pennington, Manu Pillai, Simona Puckovicova, Ingrid Rabo Halvorsen, Haydn Read, Antony Sadler,, Kriselle San Luis, Tariq Shah, Sandra Skjolde, Tomas Skurdauskis, Tayler Spruce, Katie Stares, Annabelle Stillman-Jones, Archie Stroud, Monika Strzyzewska, Agnieszka Szubert, William Thomas, Kara Thompson, Sophie Thompson, Sam Tottenham, Chloe Trevan, Victoria Tucker, Louise Tupas, Teodora Velkova, Arandeep Virdee, Oscar Von Claer, Thomas Walker, Rebecca Waller, Gabrielle Watson, Konrad Weka, Ellie Williams, Joseph Williams, Xiaomeng Wu, Jack Young

Collaborators

Patsy Bateman and Aaron Bayliss (Templars Square Shopping Centre),

Participants

Visitors to Templars Square Shopping Centre

Tutors

Jane Anderson, Rob Houmøller, Orestes Chouchoulas, Merce Rodrigo Garcia, Ruth Cuenca, Neil Kahawatte, Pouya Zamanpour

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