Shape Newham

Improving public spaces together

Beckton, East Ham, Forest Gate, Green Street, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Maryland and Plaistow.

overview

Newham Council want you to get involved in the shaping of Newham’s public places and are investing £1.5m to make it happen. The mission is to create 18 imaginative and original public art and public space projects across eight of its town centres.  The projects will range from small to large artist inventions, public realm enhancements and youth-led murals.

 

Newham is a great place to live and we want to make it better – people are at the heart of everything we do.

– Rohksana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham 

 

In 2019, local communities were invited to Shape Newham Assemblies to determine the priorities and locations for projects in Beckton, East Ham, Forest Gate, Green Street, Little Ilford, Manor Park, Maryland and Plaistow. Groups of residents then formed Design Committees at the start of 2020, to work with the council, architects and local artists to develop project ideas further. The design proposals that have been developed through Shape Newham Assemblies and Design Committees can be viewed at the Design Exhibition.

Shape Newham has been designed to do 3 things:

  • To get you talking to your neighbours. We want you to talk about any local issues, to share your ideas with one another, and to celebrate your local resources!
  • To get you involved with the council’s decision making. We want to improve transparency with the council's decisions.
  • To get you shaping places! You can do this by developing the projects with the artists and designers and making decisions around their projects.

faq

team

Shape Newham is a project from Newham Council to deliver on a commitment to enhance Newham’s public places. The Design Team is led by AOC Architecture with a team including Carver Haggard, Office S&M, Europa, Social Broadcasts and Local Works Studio. The Design Team is collaborating with a number of Artists chosen through resident-led interview panels.

Design Team Lead - AOC architecture 

Design Team Lead - AOC architecture 

AOC are architects who specialise in working with communities and are part of the GLA Architecture Design and Urbanism Panel. They are leading the rest of the project design team to ensure this project is representative of all the residents, businesses and students of Newham. 

AOC particularly enjoy having lunchtime design meetings in Chawalla on Green Street followed by some afternoon research in Plaistow Library.

www.theaoc.co.uk

Design Team - Carver Haggard

Design Team - Carver Haggard

CarverHaggard is a research and design practice. They work to create public space and public benefit, supporting local communities and the local economy. For Shape Newham, they will be focussing on the East region with the people of Beckton and East Ham.

They love the diversity of Newham and the way the busy markets and high streets are balanced by outdoor space; from the expanses of Central Park to East Ham nature reserve with its 12th Century Church.

www.carverhaggard.com

Design Team - Europa

Design Team - Europa

Europa is a graphic design studio who work with a diverse set of cultural institutions on projects including graphic identities, books, publications, exhibition design, signage, art direction and websites.

Europa has a particular interest in architecture, urbanism and the role that graphic design can play in a place’s identity. Europa looks for moments when graphic design and architecture overlap, and create opportunities for our work to play a more supportive and less top-down role in framing a place. 

Their favourite graphics in Newham is George’s Fish Bar and A Hole in the Wall Autos Garage in Plaistow; Seahorse on East Street and Teddy’s Tyres in Maryland.

www.europaeuropa.co.uk

Design Team - Local Works Studio

Design Team - Local Works Studio

Local Works Studio is a design and making practice, who explore site-based resources to plan, make and repair.

In Newham, Local Works Studio will share skills and knowledge about making processes – working with local residents and community groups to make art works for their neighbourhoods, through a series of workshops.

They love the creativity of the window displays in Newham's independent shops and the bustle of the local high streets.

www.localworksstudio.com

Design Team - Office S&M

Design Team - Office S&M

Office S&M is an architecture practice that specialises in designs which elicit a reaction. The practice delivers urban realm and art projects that celebrate the everyday use of spaces, by using narrative, material, and colour, in unexpected ways. They are one of the vitality designers as part of Shape Newham, and in particular are engaging with the Northern areas of Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, and Little Ilford.

Hugh, one of the partners at Office S&M, is a Newham resident and lives in Stratford. His favourite hidden gem in the borough is the City of London Cemetery in Manor Park, which contains 200 acres of Grade 1 listed monuments, and many historic figures from the local area, including Bobby Moore.

https://www.officesandm.com

Design Team - Social Broadcasts

Design Team - Social Broadcasts

Social Broadcasts combine community engagement, oral history recording and radio production to capture and broadcast voices that are often underrepresented in mainstream media. Using the magic of audio to retell and reimagine personal stories and social conversations, for a fresh transmission of the contemporary narratives that matter most.

Lucia Scazzocchio, founder of Social Broadcasts,  assisted by Mae-Li Evans has been recording interviews with local residents all over Newham. This has meant a lot of cycling around the borough and stopping off  to fill up her bike basket with fruit and veg from Queens market on the way home. 

www.socialbroadcasts.co.uk

Artist - Anne Harild

Artist - Anne Harild

Anne Harlid is a Danish artist who lives in East Ham. She likes to explore the urban environment and visual language of a place; and works in the mediums of sculpture, drawing and animation. She is working on a Shape Newham project for Manor Park.

As a local resident, Anne enjoys Central Park, shopping on Green Street and misses East Ham market!

www.anneharild.com

Artist - Dis/Order

Artist - Dis/Order

Dis/Order is an experimental collective founded by Karin Andersson and Johanna Bratel, who are landscape architects from Sweden. They work on a range of projects, from large-scale strategic urban development to temporary artistic installations – always focusing on people and public spaces! They are working on a Shape Newham project for Plaistow.

Dis/Order’s projects are always developed through local participation, and they have enjoyed designing their project through workshops with young people from Rights & Equalities in Newham and Lister Community School.

www.disorder.nu

Artist - Ed Crooks

Artist - Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks is a trained architect based in London. He now runs his own design studio making large scale, playful public installations. He works primarily for councils and public bodies, with a particular focus on local processes of making, for which Newham is rich with brilliant opportunities! He is working on a Shape Newham project for Green Street.

Ed is a keen cyclist and loves to cycle the Greenway as it gives an amazing cross-section through the borough. 

www.edwardcrooks.co.uk

Artist - Irene Astrain

Artist - Irene Astrain

Irene Astrain is an architect from Spain who is now based in Newham. She currently works on public realm projects, garden pavilions, school interventions and house extensions. She is working on a Shape Newham project for Maryland (in the ward of Stratford and New Town). For this project she envisages her proposal as street furniture pieces that celebrate the local materiality and greenery; and has developed the design using participatory workshops with Maryland Primary School.

Irene lives between Forest Gate and Manor Park. She loves Wanstead Flats amongst many other spots!

www.astrainstudio.com

Artist - Nathalie, Connie and Patrick

Artist - Nathalie, Connie and Patrick

Nathalie Harb, Constance Ridout and Patrick Üeberbacher are a collective of two architects and a multidisciplinary artist. Originally from Lebanon, England and Italy, two of the collective now live in Forest Gate. They are working on a Shape Newham project for East Ham.

Their common interest as a collective is in reconsidering public space, borders and in-between spaces. Their evolving Silent Room project considers sonic inequity, the importance of silence and the right of every individual to access it.

www.nathalieharb.com

Artist - Sabba Kahn

Artist - Sabba Kahn

Sabba Kahn studied architecture and has spent the past 10 years as an architectural designer. Recently, she has transitioned toward comics and sequential art, with her debut graphic novel to be published in 2021. She is working on a Shape Newham project for East Ham where she will combine both her skill-sets for an artistic installation that tells the lived experiences of the community.

Sabba’s early years were spent in Plaistow, before moving to Green Street, where she has been living ever since.

www.sabbakhan.com

Artist - Small Change

Artist - Small Change

Small Change is a partnership between Liz Clough and Sophie Rigg. Both artists live in Newham and are currently based out of Red Door Studios in East Ham. They are working on a Shape Newham project for Manor Park.

Both Liz and Sophie are socially engaged artists, choosing to centre their practice in the community where they live. They are interested in the stories of people and places, and how shared experiences can be wound together to cultivate a sense of community. They hosted a workshop at Manor Park Library to facilitate community participation in creating their Shape Newham project.

www.throughthereddoor.org/elizabethclough

Artist- Sophie Percival

Artist- Sophie Percival

Sophie Percival has a background in both fine art and architecture. She currently has a studio in Bromley-by-Bow and works as a photographer making images of architectural models, sculptures, food etc. She is working on a Shape Newham project for Green Street.

Sophie plans to work with a speciality cooking group in the Green Street area.

www.percival.studio

Artist - Trapped in Zone One

Artist - Trapped in Zone One

Trapped in Zone One is a BAME led London based arts collective. They engage with community groups and organisations through creative practises to help and improve the well-being of London’s diverse communities. They host workshops, exhibitions, and curate public murals in England and across Europe. They are working on a Shape Newham project for Forest Gate, where they are collaborating with Forest Gate Youth Zone to design a mural.

Trapped in Zone One are active in Newham. They have worked on a permanent community art project with Westfield Stratford and were selected to be part of the Newham Word Festival.

www.trappedinzoneone.com

 

Artist - Van Dang

Artist - Van Dang

Van Dang has worked as a designer for nearly 20 years. In 2005 she moved from Vietnam to England. She is working on a Shape Newham project for Beckton, where she is collaborating with Beckton Youth Zone to design a mural.

Recently Van started a project called Free Art for Refugee Children and discovered what she enjoys doing the most is getting people involved in art and design. She was commissioned to create large street murals and involved local residents young and old in the whole process. Van’s art style is to share with other people - to express the attitudes and values that we stand for.

www.studiotiger.co.uk