This proposal was shorlisted by the jury for the FusedSpace international ideas competition for applications of new technology in public space


Intensive Care (are there any signs of life yet?)

This is a proposal for regenerating the Brooks Road housing estate in East London. It aims to combine the enormous quantity of unused public space in and around the estate with the imagination of the residents and anybody in the world with access to the internet.

The Brooks Road estate is to be the subject of a government awarded NDC( New Deal for Communities) grant. This money would typically be spent on physical improvements to the housing stock and infrastructural upgrades. In effect, redecorating.
The required improvements in the quality of the physical environment will only be brought about through the improvement of the social and economic environments. Without this, any physical improvement will be meaningless.


1. Non-Design.
The existing 100m Ordnance Survey grid is adapted to become a 20m square grid over the entire site.

2. Identification of Redundant Public Space.
These are the areas of the phycical environment of which least use is being made of their potential. A maximum of one redundant space will be chosen for each grid square.

3. Installation.
Redundant spaces are then outlined in coloured paint (road marking variety). Each space is numbered. This number will correspend to the internet address for the space. The number will be positioned adjacent to the space, in the same colour as the outline.

4. Webcams.
Webcams are installed in convenient locations for viewing each space. When an existing building, or item of street furniture or infrastructure is not available, a new lamp post will be installed. Spaces may require more than one camera.

5. Internet.
An 'umbrella' website is set up from which all the spaces can be viewed. Each of the spaces will be treated as a different 'channel', except they don't have any programmes yet.

6. Programming.
No programmes will be commisioned until people suggest some good ones. Ideas for programmes are submitted to the channel for approval. Anybody with access the the internet can put forward ideas for programmes.

7. Democracy.
One resident one vote. To approve an idea for a programme, it must be voted for be a number of the residents. The number of votes required to grant approval for an idea works as follows:
total number of residents / total number of channels = number of required votes
there will be no such thing as a vote against, but people may abstain.
For example, if there were 4000 residents, and 40 channels, 100 votes would be required to approve an idea.

8. Architect.
Once an idea for a programme has been approved, an architect will be employed to develop the brief, produce a design and supervise the implementation of the programme. The architects client will be those residents that voted for the idea.

9. Sustainability.
Return to step 6.