The project is exploring the degree in which elderly can reoccupy the city as its resource rather than an overlooked visitor. While the current image of social infrastructure for elderly suggests their absence from central areas of London, the focus is on Bloomsbury as an educational hub of the city. With the reading of UCL Campus as an urban take-over of an entire city block with a single institutional programme, this project investigates the ways in which elderly can be accommodated differently particularly in proximity to educational programmes. The aim is to create a new typology of social relationships as well as a more open city.

Reoccupation of a UCL Urban Block

Reoccupation is opening up the educational institution to the city as well as bringing the city in.

Jane's Bedroom

Jane is a 90 years old woman, very proud of her daughters who come to visit her every day in a nursing home where she lives.

UCL Bloomsbury Campus

Reoccupation through shared borrowed and claimed space

City-In. City-Out

Link to the city


"Each social group has consistency only in its proper space and that to invent the group or social relation is to invent or produce a space. In that sense the concept of the production of space itself suggests the possibility of society beyond alienation..." Charles Fourier


...literal and phenomenal, beyond optical characteristics - it implies broader spatial order. "Transparency means a simultaneous perception of different spatial locations. Space not only recedes but fluctuates in a continuous activity." Colin Rowe

Re-linking the city

Jane's Bedroom