Ossama Elkholy, Year 4

Negotiated Living Space

Today developers and investors are banking vacant plots of land with high building potential, profiting from their trade at the expense of building affordable homes. This project explores the notion of adversely possessing said vacant sites throughout London by a small community. A discrete kit of EPS moulds are used to assist in a quick initial deployment and occupation of the sites. This kit consists of a set of 1/2 moulds which allows the users to attach their units onto one another, enabling the user to negotiate living space with their neighbour by rotating the combined uncast pieces. Casting the moulds adds permanence to the squatter’s dwellings, but more importantly becomes used as a negotiation tool for further adaptation, expansion or evolution of the building as a whole.