Jonathan Schofield - Westminster University
Since the closure of the Royal docks, Silvertown in East London went from being part of the largest dock in the world to a ghost town, a place of memory.
Creative Evolution: Silvertown Ship Breaking Yard / Reconstructed Hybrid Community
“What we do depends on who we are; but it is necessary to add also that we are, to a certain extent, what we do, and that we are creating ourselves continually”
Henri Bergson, 1907.
Since the closure of the Royal docks, Silvertown in East London went from being part of the largest dock in the world to a ghost town, a place of memory. Silvertown ship breaking yard will not only provide the local community with highly skilled jobs but through the creative process of playing, testing, experimenting and reconstructing ship elements, a new individual and communal identity for silvertown’s inhabitants will be created. The project can be categorised into three stages:
Ships are broken through a highly skilled process. Some elements are recycled and re-sold at a flea market while others are extracted for experimental reconstruction.
The inhabitants experiment with elements of broken ships into new potential forms of architecture. This process takes place inside the Ludic chamber of the ‘Trawler Jig’.
Construction rules are defined through a library of hybrid details which outline the system but do not completely define the output of this creative process. The resultant architecture is then placed around the site by the trawler jig.
Through this highly skilled creative and evolutionary process, a new identity is created for Silvertown. The lives of the inhabitants are enriched with their creative potential achieved.