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Shandy Park, as discussed in Site, contains the Stepney Shahjalal Mosque & Cultural Centre, currently contained in temporary Portacabins, and the Arbour Youth Centre; both of which are in desperate need of attention. Due to the richness of culture within Islam, designing a mosque is a project that is very exciting. The location of the site within an area inhabited by several muslims within a traditionally Christian country produces a unique relationship that a new building would have to embrace to be successful. In a city as diverse as London how does one marry national vernacular with foreign cultural influences?

The phrase “a picture says a thousand words” is normally used used because of a beautiful depiction of something. This picture says a lot more than a thousand person survey. The idea of a demographic survey of an area is to understand the racial and cultural diversity, or lack of, in an area. This information can then be represented in a very attractive and easy to understand diagrammatical way. However this photograph tells us both the cultural diversity of the area with the dual language of the sign, and hints at the poor condition of the area with the edges of boarded up windows shown.


The final project’s site is set in Stepney, London. Rather than going deep into the East London Green Grid as discussed in Green Grid Primer, this will act as a model site, which offers the chance to test the ideas of Public House already observed in previous works. The precise location is Shandy Park (highlighted on map), is located close to both Stepney Green and Mile End london underground stations. It sits amongst dense urban social housing and contains the Stepney Shahjalal Mosque & Cultural Centre, currently contained in temporary Portacabins, and the Arbour Youth Centre.