It’s been translated into French, and due to my poor efforts at learning a foreign language when I was at school I can only trust that they didn’t make up lies about me! I’m pretty chuffed with the title though, which according to google translates as Draw me a Kingdom. Brilliant.
It was a fun interview, and the rest of the magazine looks great too.
If you’ve been wondering why I’ve not been posting much recently then one of the things you can blame is this little project which I’m doing for my dissertation.
As a team of three we are designing an amateur football centre for a community in Accra, Ghana, which will be built by students in phases over the next few years. My particular area of research is in creative participation, and how we can engage the local community closely through the whole process.
A load of our progress is on our blog, so if you’re interested check it out!
Big News! Phase 2 of work at Ansuaran is complete! The building still has a long way to go but after the recent work the place looks completely different- 4 new classrooms, a kitchen, school hall, toilets and an office have all been bult since my visit last summer. All our hard work designing and fundraising is paying off!
Here are some of my favourite photos. It’s pretty incredible to see something I’ve been part of designing in the flesh, being used and enjoyed by the women and kids in Delhi.
It’s a simple idea- communities are given disposable cameras to record their lives, and when they are done the films are developed for them to see and for us to share.
There are two sides to what happens here. Deprived communities are given a voice, and they know that their cares and lives are being noticed by the world. We get the chance to understand their lives for a moment, stand in their shoes and look through their eyes.
At Tesseract we are using it as a tool when we start designing for these deprived communities, and there are other groups doing the same too. We are passionate about providing good design to improve their lives, and involving them personally in the whole process is essential. Running photography projects is our starting block in this process, as we try and understand the community we are working with.
As we run more projects and as others contribute their photos, we will build one big collection here- a collage of different everyday lives.
The results can be candid, naive, simple, and harrowing, but always beautiful.
Going through some photos today of when I was out in India over summer I came across this. It’s the original outside wall of the school building on the poor outskirts of Delhi that I’ve been developing along with tesseract, looking pretty worn after being a building site for so long. I don’t know who’s responsible for the graffiti in the new plaster- whoever did it must have scored it in just after it went on as the new structural columns were finished. Maybe it was a builder, it looks like there is a quick sum or something scrawled just above it, so maybe they were noting down measurements. Isn’t it brilliant though?