Architectural Apprentice Joanna Koning summarises her dissertation which explores how the architect can use a doughnut econmic model as a framework to design for inclusion within Argent’s Kings Cross masterplan.
My research originates from mapping the types of bins found within the Kings Cross Masterplan, recently developed by Argent. The bins created a visual expression of a boundary with the new masterplan development and its fringe with the surrounding boroughs and communities.Sparkling clean new recycle bins are found within the masterplan, meanwhile overflowing general waste bins, with a homeless person nearby are found only the street across. This gives the appearance that there remains a lack of integration for certain elements of the wider community. How can this juxtaposition and its nature be challenged?
The Doughnut Economic Model by Kate Raworth, an economist, questions the economic models of the 20th century which only consider economic growth, instead she focuses on creating a balance. Carrying out extensive research Kate Raworth has developed this new model to meet the challenges of the 21st century, named the Doughnut Economic Model.
The doughnut model creates a ‘safe space’ with an inner ring of social foundation and outer ring of an ecological ceiling. Any overshoots or shortfalls in meeting these boundaries causes an imbalance. The principles are outlined in her book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist.
My research investigates how the architect can use a doughnut economic model as a framework to design for inclusion within Argent’s kings cross masterplan.
The objective was to do this using data led design and collaborative techniques to propose an intervention which enables inclusion and aims to contribute to a thriving community for all at Kings Cross. The aim is to create a pathway to opportunities for the most underprivileged and vulnerable.