Lauren has been studying at the Mackintosh School of Architecture since 2014, and during that time has attained her Bachelors with Honors and Diploma in Architecture. She has worked on a variety of projects from housing, community buildings, educational institutions and city master plans. Her most recent work is a study of community, culture and politics within the city of Antwerp, Belgium.
‘Scaffolding the City’ is a project which inhabits underutilized land across Antwerp. The spaces are filled with an unorthodox architectural language which speaks of informality, community engagement and adaptability. As an inhabitable scaffolding form, the proposal takes on a series of incisions into the urban landscape where normality is fragmented and boundaries, physically and politically, can be breached. The scaffolding incisions will inhabit gap sites across the city for the duration that the site is vacant or until thegrowth of a permanent sub-district community infrastructure. In its lifespan the structure will facilitate a socially stimulating landscape for the sub-districts of Antwerp City. The programme for this is based on key strategies which encourage the growth of a politically and culturally stimulated programme: Exchange, Peoples Forum, Knowledge, Cultivate and Play.
Laurens work encompasses an interest in the social aspects of architecture. For her dissertation she studied Glasgow tower blocks and the social aspects of vertical living. Employing the concepts of community and shared spaces researched during this, she has built from these themes to lead all of her projects since. By documenting social aspects which could benefit architectural design, her work aims to address the larger social issues in the industry such as discrimination and design equality.
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