[6] Scarce Times: Alternative Futures | Briefing for Stages 2 & 3




  1. The next event will be on Monday 23rd July, again at Kingsley Hall. Exact timings will be dependent on the number of teams registering, and will be confirmed on Friday 20th July. For the time being assume a start sometime after 2pm.
  2. The hope/expectation is that teams will be formed from the participants who attended the first event. In the belief that collaboration and shared skills are for the good, our strong preference is for groups over single person/practice entries. However, feel free to supplement your teams with others who may not have attended the first event if you think they would help the cause. If people who did not present at the first event would like to enter a team, please contact the SCIBE team first.
  3. Please could team leaders let Deljana Iossifova (scarcityandcreativity at gmail.com) know by 12pm on Wednesday 18th July if you are planning to present on 23rd July, with (a) name of team (b) number of members in the team who will be coming (c) contact name for the team.
  4. Each team will have a maximum of ten minutes to present. There will then be up to ten minutes of questions. You will be asked to arrive half an hour before the event starts so that we can load up all the presentations; there will be no need to send them in beforehand.
  5. In the presentation we are looking for an outline of your approach and not specific solutions.  Our argument would be that how can anyone have a solution without first engaging with the context in a meaningful way. So, please, no pictures of shiny stuff. In many cases all that is needed is an elaboration of what was presented in the first event, taking into account any new ideas that may have arisen through intervening collaborations. Thus the presentation may include (in no particular order): (a) Description of team and the various skills that you are bringing (b) Your proposed working methods (c) Examples of your work or that of others that shows how you might approach the project (d) Your approach to the context of Bromley-by-Bow and the issues of scarcity raised in the brief and the supporting website (e) Ideas – but please always try to relate these to the here and now of Bromley-by-Bow.
  6. We genuinely do not want you to spend too much time on this presentation. We are acutely conscious of the effort and commitment that has been made already, and do not want to throw away intellectual capital and human resource in the manner of normal architectural competitions. We always tell our students to only enter things if it is useful to them and not in the hope of ‘winning’. Also, it is hopeless to double-guess what selection panels will be looking for, because they are notoriously fickle.
  7. There will be selection panel made up of Nicola Bacon (The Young Foundation); Flora Bowden (SEED Foundation); Sarah Ichioka or Moira Lascelles (The Architecture Foundation); Deljana Iossifova (University of Westminster); Jon Goodbun (University of Westminster); Jeremy Till (University of Westminster (Chair))
  8. The votes of the selection panel will be supplemented by a public vote in order to reach a final decision.
  9. Any questions on Stage 2 should be submitted to Jeremy Till (j.till at westminster.ac.uk) by 12pm on Monday 9th July and collected answers will be posted on the SCIBE website by 12pm on 10th July.


  1. Up to four teams will be selected to work with the SCIBE project team on the next stage of the project. Each team will be paid an honorarium of £4000. We are afraid that this has to cover travel expenses as well, so it is unlikely that it will be feasible for people coming from far away to engage with the final stage of the project. We are all too aware that this honorarium will not cover the full commitment to the project, so please only go forward to Stage 2 with eyes wide open, and if you feel there are other benefits from working on the project.
  2. The final stage of the project, Stage 3, is centred around the research question of the overall SCIBE project, namely: “How does creativity operate under conditions of scarcity?” Our eventual aim is to produce a toolkit/resource with examples of how designers might operate under the emerging conditions of scarcity in the built environment, and the collaboration with the four teams (as researchers) will inform the development of this resource. We are interested in seeing how people understand and engage with scarcity, and so this will again be more about approaches, methods, themes – rather than specific solutions – because the former are transferable to other contexts. The final stage will therefore be as much to do with the conversations as it will be the drawn and written outcomes.
  3. Stage 3 will take place over August/September/October, but the exact timing will be dependent on the availability of the teams and their holiday plans. There are two specific deadlines (a) presentation at the European Urban Summer School that the SCIBE team are hosting from 21st to 30th September (b) an exhibition in London in November/December 2012. The exhibition will present the findings from the SCIBE team’s grounded research in Bromley-by-Bow (essentially an expansion of the brief that was distributed), together with the work emerging from the teams in Stage 3. Exhibition costs, including printing and the catalogue will be covered by the SCIBE project, but teams will be asked to prepare material for the exhibition. The SCIBE team will be open to any other suggestions as to how the work emerging from Stage 3 may be disseminated, debated and developed.
  4. Stage 3 will be centred around 4 workshops with the SCIBE team, local residents and key actors (i.e BBB Centre, Young Foundation, Institute for Sustainability). We will be continuing with the idea of scenario planning based on the here and now of BBB, but specific working methods and expectations will be developed with the teams in the first workshop.
  5. We must be clear that there is presently no funding for the implementation of any of the ideas that come out of Stage 3, but the overall project is gaining a good profile, and opportunities may emerge from it as discussed at the first event. The SCIBE team will do what it can to broker contacts.