9/10 - Our ninth folly to reveal interprets the identity of #WomenLikeAlice

Interpreted Identity: #WomenLikeAlice
Architects: RCKa
Showcased at: The Marlborough Sports Garden, Union Street, SE1
Exhibited: 01 - 30 June

As part of our month-long collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture, the ninth and penultimate folly to be revealed comes from RCKa who has interpreted the identity of Alice Williams along with other female community figures.

Alice Williams runs Luminary, a London bakery that provides skills training and support for disadvantaged women. 

"We'd like Alice to act as the figurehead to celebrate all women in the local community who have set up small charities or go above and beyond," say RCKa. "The idea is that people will be able to relate to everyday women like Alice and in turn inspire them to help others."

"The folly is a public tool to inspire and empower. A collective resource that encourages Londoner's from all walks of life to listen, learn, share and be empowered by contemporary stories of extraordinary women from across the capital. Extraordinary women like Alice, whose social enterprise uses baking as a tool to take women who have experienced social and economic disadvantages on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship."

"Our city is full of stories of women whose everyday experiences and surprising ingenuity can offer both hope and inspiration to encourage others to make meaningful contributions to their local communities. The folly will set up home in Marlborough Park throughout June, offering a staging point to hear inspiring everyday stories but also to share your own, an opportunity to take something away as well as leave your mark."

After the festival, the folly will be flat-packed to enable it to embark on a journey across London. Setting up shop in other locations, carrying stories with it and collecting new ones along the way. 

“It’s fantastic to see the new Marlborough Sports Garden being used for this design challenge,” said Tim Wood, Chair of BOST. “It's also been wonderful working alongside the LFA to celebrate these unsung local heroes whose stories we are proud to tell.”

Each day we will be showcasing a ‘folly’, so watch this space for the reveals and of course come and see all ten from 01 June - 30 June.

To find out more about the Interpreted Identities design challenge, click here.

For more information on the designers or follies please contact: Concrete Communications olivia@concretecomms.com

Formed in 2008, RCKa quickly established itself as one of the UK’s most exciting architectural practices. The firm’s particular expertise in housing and community projects has been recognised in numerous competition wins and awards, and is now working across London on a range of innovative projects for private and public clients.

RCKa’s approach seeks to identify synergies and positive design strategies that promote social interaction, community cohesion and enhance the quality of life for users.

Olivia Mudie