New Ground – Introducing Joana Ribeiro

We collaborated with Blueprint Magazine to display projects from RCA students graduating from Architecture and Interior Design degrees in our Dallington Street showroom.

During the Blueprint from the Future event, Architects and Designers from across the area came to see the exceptional work of these Royal College of Art students being exhibited throughout the space. They certainly have a bright future, so we thought we’d share more about them with you. Today, we learn more about Joana Ribeiro, who is studying MA Architecture.

Joana is from Portugal and moved to the UK to study Architecture at the University of Westminster. She has worked in Lisbon with Aires Mateus and with David Chipperfield Architects in London. Joana has recently graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the Royal College of Art, having been awarded the New London Architecture Prize for her project.

Project: New Ground

The project New Ground investigates the potential for large-scale public architecture to meaningfully intervene across intensely segregated boundaries. In the context of London, perhaps the starkest boundary is between Poplar and Canary Wharf. To the north there is Poplar, a post-industrial struggling community with strong deprivation, subject to austerity and living in the shadow of its giant neighbour Canary Wharf – a global financial centre featuring millions of square meters of office space, connected to the rest of London through the Jubilee line, the DLR and soon the new Crossrail; yet failing to be connected to the city at ground level.

The physical boundary stretches two kilometres with one only link bridge, resulting in a total separation at ground level. It features an eight-lane highway and the DLR which flies over, splits and merges across the length of the boundary.

In attempting to formally integrate these two very different territories on both sides, the project seeks to create a new piece of city to mediate this urban fragment and form a new continuity across the site. This way, the project considered not only stitching the cut physically but also programmatically, with the addition of programmes that establish a new place for social exchange that can hopefully strengthen the communities and their relationships. A new cultural centre and housing block will bridge the site across three main axes. A new ground of the city rolls through the project, connecting this new piece of urban fabric to the everyday performance of the city beyond.

You can find out more about Joana on the RCA website.