NTU Architecture Subject Group

Streatham Rebirth

In the current era, modernization of civilization inevitably eliminates what use to be seen as the everyday norm. Traditional theatres are slowly disappearing with the existence of other digital media. Streatham use to be an entertainment hub of London. A reputation of the “West End of South London” got established through cinemas, theatre, ice rinks and dance hall. During post War era until 1970s, Streatham was striving as a community which cannot be seen today.

After the 1980s, the community was slow to adapt to changes of the modern world. Today, the lack of infrastructure creates an opportunity for community to make Streatham as vibrant as it once was. A project that is unique to Streatham explores how to reinvigorate this important inner city suburb. As the theatre is located on the high street, there provides an ideal location to establish a new piece of cultural infrastructure.

The Streatham Hill Theatre is currently abandoned by the local government agencies. The theatre building is a spatious and structurally intact piece of architecture. It could host facilities for supporting a grand performance based project with wide open streets surrounding the building. The area cane be made as part of a carnival infrasture. The project explores in making as a cultural performance using the large stage area of the theatre as a work shop. It gives opportunity to host events that are both practical and constructively education in scale. The project envisages an annual street carnival, with giant moving theatres launched in the local area. Taking clues from global precident open air performances and celebrations, the Streatham Hill carnival theatre will be an advocate for the community. A tram linked to other areas of London, will ensure a wider advocacy of the community.

With the ongoing pandemic, it is inevitable people would want to leave their home and have fun. The rituals, ie. fire and smoke, that takes place during the festival could act as a community activity to tackle the pandemic.

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Wing Pei Lo
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Wing Pei Lo
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