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Donnybrook Quarter

By Peter Barber

Abstract

This built project by Barber is a dense mixed-use scheme with living units along with community, work and retail spaces – all\ud configured into an innovative terrace/courtyard hybrid typology. Research issues include how to use the program requirements\ud and site conditions to generate models of high-density housing, and how to reinforce the role of urban streets as socially\ud cohesive devices in the contemporary city. As such, the Donnybrook scheme should be seen as a further contribution to\ud investigations into densified urban living, with the aim of improving urban sustainability. The notion of the street as the locus for\ud social interaction has a long pedigree within architectural thought, as promoted by writers like Jane Jacobs and Richard\ud Sennett. Barber had previously designed a well-received masterplan proposal which sought created a renewed sense of street\ud culture in two Dalston estates, as discussed in Building Design (9 March 2001, pp. 12-13) and Local Government News\ud (July/August 2001, p. 16).\ud The Donnybrook Quarter is published in Accommodating Change (Circle 33 Housing Group, 2002) and The Buildings of\ud England – London Vol.5: East (Yale, 2005, pp. 625-6). The scheme was positively reviewed in the architectural press, including\ud Building Design (24 February 2006, pp. 12-15) and RIBA Journal (April 2006, pp. 32-40). It was also included in the New\ud London Architecture Exhibition in 2005. The project originated when it won Circle 33's 'Accommodating Change: Innovation in\ud Housing' competition in 2002, and subsequently it received a Housing Design Award (2004; shortlisted again in 2006). The\ud Donnybrook Quarter was highly commended in the Royal Academy Summer Show Architecture Awards (2004), received an\ud American Institute of Architects (UK/London Chapter) Design Excellence Award (2006), and won a RIBA Regional Design\ud Award (2006). The scheme was included on the long-list for the 2006 Stirling Prize, and only just narrowly missed the final cut

Topics: UOW1
Publisher: Bow, East London
OAI identifier: oai:westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk:4823
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