Rike Glaser
Friederike Glaser

Constructing ideas on migrant communities

This exhibition examines the challenges faced by migrants setting up new communities. Girls at secondary schools in Hackney and Tower Hamlets employed hacking, technology and hypothetical methods of living to reference and celebrate the freedom to rethink how society functions, particularly for migrant communities.

Designers Adam Blencowe and Thor ter Kulve worked with students of The Petchey Academy, Hackney, to explore alternative living scenarios. They built a neo-Kibbo Kift encampment using found materials and simple electronics.

Working with designers Rike Glaser and Namuun Zimmermann, the students of Bow School, Tower Hamlets, were asked to test ideas around the question “How would you construct a welcoming community in which locals and migrants exchange and embrace diverse cultures?”

The students of Clapton Girl‘s Academy, Hackney, designed child specific interventions, such as safe spaces for play and rest, to create a greater emphasis on the unique needs of children in refugee camps. People Power brings STEM subjects alive through art and creativity. This, the seventh annual People Power programme, is designed to address national statistics highlighting the ‘girl gap’ in technology and engineering.


in collaboration with Namuun Zimmermann, Thor ter Kulve and Adam Blencowe
SPACE London
Supported by Bloomberg and Arts Council England

Initiated and Directed by Friederike Glaser Editorial Design and Communication by Moritz Fuhrmann Photography by Seongil Choi