Universal Design Studio has collaborated with The Office Group to present 'Framework for Exchange' for this year's edition of London Design Festival.
A two storey temporary pavilion in Shoreditch, constructed from recyclable scaffolding, with the purpose of encouraging interaction, collaboration and community through different forms of exchange. The pavilion is designed with the intention of inciting peer-to-peer exchange that shared work spaces organically promote. As an exploration of TOG’s place within the shared economy as a provider of work spaces, the project considers the framework required to cultivate interaction and knowledge sharing, both physically and figuratively.
Throughout London Design Festival ‘Framework for Exchange’ will be home to a rich public programme, which, through active collaboration, will focus on the exchange of knowledge, skills, time and goods. During opening weekend, the creative generosity movement Good for Nothing will host a one day creative collaboration meets hack event, bringing together a pop-up community of creatives to work on live challenges that help accelerate the work of three London-based social ventures. In the week, students from Kingston University will be selected to fulfil a design brief during a charrette hosted by TOG and principal architects at Universal Design Studio.
The pavilion will also play host to illustrator-in-residence Tom Dowse, who will be live-sketching in the pavilion, transforming visual observations and verbal exchanges from visitors into bespoke literal and abstract illustrations, encouraging participants to reconsider how creativity can be inspired through moments of exchange. Visitors to the pavilion will also be encouraged to participate in smaller-scale examples of exchange throughout the week, from workshops teaching visitors how to upcycle plastic bags into mats for rough sleepers, to trading in books, vinyl and ‘dead’ tech, culminating in a ‘marketplace’ across the final weekend of LDF.