East Oxford StreetJanuary 2012
Short term interventions was a proposal put forward as an initiative of the BuildUp programme at the University of Westminster and Westminster City Council.
This initiative would channel the energy of Oxford Street’s rebuilding process by recasting construction sites as canvasses for innovative public art and architecture. The aim would be to use standard construction barriers and blank building elevations that look onto Oxford Street as backdrops to embrace the ongoing nature of its redevelopment with an original and uplifting design, with the assistance of public and private developers/sponsors to produce this giant installation.
The project would alter the public’s perception of the ubiquitous construction site, drawing the observer in and offering a view into an unexpected world and creating a balance between man-made structures and nature.
The project proposed working with QR-code patterns to give people the chance to learn more about the different activities and events offered during the Olympics. The vision would also include re-building barriers out of plywood and aluminium, choosing traditional construction materials and transforming them into a public art piece that would challenge the conventional experience of navigating a construction site.