Simran Ravindan

MA Architecture

The Bartered Collective

The thesis proposes a framework to allow for a self-sustaining neighbourhood through a bartered economy in Hackney Wick. The Bartered Collective, thus believes in reimagining the contemporary notion of exchange of currency for product or service. With the main objective being to refill the hollowed cavities in the community created by capitalistic motives, the collective relies on the Hacknians’ inherent cultural trait of ‘taking initiative’ to be the change and be actively creative and involved to create a reimagined and self-sustaining ‘Bartered Wick’. By reimagining and exaggerating the canal system within the area referencing Hackney’s glorious industrial past, the waterfront is used as the focal point of exchange and regeneration.

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