UNION & VALUES

The Rave Over Riot brief proposed for club culture and developers to work together to design spaces for night-time entertainment into the city. It speculated that for this to happen the proposition must exist in 2 parts; the first – unionisation and the second – control. The first step is necessary in order to give club culture a unified voice so that it may be taken seriously by the state and the mobilising of a union is where I see a future in my practise as a spatial practitioner positioned within the clubbing community. The second grants control to the rave community through this union in order to explore how the city can be built with the culture in mind.

 

The design process must consider the unique values that this union would uphold and use them as grounding points for the development, a manifesto for the new neighbourhood. I find in rave culture today there is a very clear set of norms or values that many underground spaces and club nights adopt either implicitly or explicitly. The project then looks at the possibility of translating these values into an architectural manifesto in order to design a project which aligns with political and social demands of the rave and pushes them into the design of the city in a bid to create a politically charged and (hopefully) radical neighbourhood amongst our capitalist city.