Shored, My Ruin(ed) City

Reconstructing the Social

Mike Dring (UK), Alessandro Columbano (IT), Miles Marshall (UK)

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Birmingham’s ever-present motto “Forward” is enacted through ongoing regeneration, often with little trace of previous civic ideals. Whilst the execution of Central Library was imperfect, the proposal recognizes its role as an internationally acknowledged exemplar of civic architecture. The proposal seeks to celebrate its role in the reconfiguration of the city, extending the spatial and structural qualities across the site, in doing so reconstructing social engagement as envisaged by the original architect, John Madin.