Alpa Depani

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Alpa Depani

Bottom-up approaches to small-scale public realm in dense global cities

Fellowship

Focus

Designing successful public spaces in densely populated global cities

Fellowship year

2017

Locality

London

Biography

I am an architect, artist and educator and currently hold the role of Placemaking Lead in the Planning Directorate at the London borough of Waltham Forest. My Fellowship was focused on public space and community activism. It was titled Bottom Up Approaches to Small Scale Public Realm in Dense Cities, and was a comparative study of public space provision and design in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, learning lessons for London. I have a long-standing personal and professional interest in the study and design of public realm and the role it plays in building equitable communities. The Fellowship was an opportunity to explore how community groups can self-organise to create public space that is specific and of value to their neighbourhoods, against the context and competing interests of increasingly commercialised and developer-led urban landscapes. Since completing the Fellowship and disseminating my research in the form of an exhibition, talks and a book, I have moved from private practice into the public sector where I have been able to influence public space design and policy for the benefit of Londoners.

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