IDEA Introduction

The project has been developed out of an interest in Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project where he explores the rich diversity of activities, people and human behaviour in and around our built environment. Benjamin constructs the cities topographical domains of the flâneur as a stage for the marvels of the everyday.

The proposed project restores the historical notion of the wharf as a place positioned at the edge of society, both physically and conceptually. Characterised by its diverse activity, transgressive program, empathetic fascination with the crowd and otherworldiness of transience, drinking, violence and prostitution; the radical antithesis of contemporary harbour development.







Slipway Carrington

Ship Mill

Dyke Point Carrington

Albert Tucker




An  architect appalled at communism and consumerism alike

Visitors to the Hungarian pavilion at the 1992 Seville Expo came in from the searing heat to a cavernous, dark space with a great curving roof like a cathedral. At its centre was a tree, brought from the Hungarian plains, stripped bare and set into a glass floor so that its roots, which stretched as far and wide as its branches, were made visible.


It was the work of Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz, who has died aged 75.