On Saturday 18 February the Library Lab and Architecture 00:/ had the honour of hosting the awesome Urban Pioneers programme led by Tom Keeley from the Architecture Foundation. The programme is aimed at 16-19 year-old students in Brent interested in architecture and the built environment. Over six days during February and March 2012, the group of Urban Pioneers get to collaborate with creative professionals including architects, designers, journalists and artists to create a body of work exploring the regeneration of Willesden Green.
The workshop was facilitated by Debbie So and Tim Ahrensbach from Architecture 00:/ who introduced the group of 10 students to the concept of social architecture and the people- and community-focused approach to urban regeneration and design that 00:/ is known for.
Afterwards, the students were challenged to come up with ideas for what a Library Lab 2.0 could look like and express their creative strategies through physical models. The students were split into two teams and although they only had 2 hours to do it, came up with some beautifully crafted and well-thought-through proposals which are now being exhibited at the Library Lab. For pictures, please see our facebook page, and for more information about the Urban Pioneers programme, check out the website here.