Fiona Budlender took part in the Hackathon to produce practical ideas for the Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration Scheme
Tuesday 6 June 2017
Fiona Budlender represented Buro Four at the 2017 Open City Green Sky Thinking Hackathon where over 2000 professionals from across the industry gathered to learn how a sustainable London could be designed, built, managed and financed.
Developed as a collaboration between Open City (a charity promoting an ethical, people-centred approach to designing, making, sustaining and accessing the buildings and places that define cities), Argent Related and BuroHappold Engineering; Green Sky Thinking is a week long programme of events for built environment and property professionals.
The Hackathon is an intense, innovation sprint run over a short period of time in teams from a mix of disciplines. The aim is to collaboratively deliver solutions that respond to a brief and then pitch ideas to a panel of judges.
Fiona's Hackathon was to develop practical ideas for the Brent Cross South public realm, part of the wider £4bn Brent Cross Cricklewood Regeneration Scheme stretching from the North Circular to Cricklewood Lane, between Hendon Lane and the Edgware Road. The major development will create a new town centre, 7,500 new homes, 27,000 jobs and three re-built schools as well as an additional Thameslink station and major road and public transport improvements.
After learning about the brief and the challenges around wayfinding and wellbeing for residents in the area, the brief was to respond to these challenges with a combination of aesthetic, functional and technological solutions. Fiona's team focused on attracting existing Brent Cross South residents to the development by creating a new public footpath through the park which leads to the site as well as providing amenities such as:
- A community pavilion with pop-ups and wayfinding boards
- Outdoor gym equipment
- Creating interactive learning for children (such as an "ant house")
- A free library booth (where you can take/leave books)
- A community app which informs residents about things going on in the area
Fiona said about the event, "It was a great opportunity for me as a Buro Four representative to collaborate with talented individuals from different disciplines within the industry. By thinking strategically, we were able to get involved in green design and create dynamic ideas for a public city"