Workshop 01

Sneaking a Pre-fab into the Calais Jungle Migrant Camp to field research among Athenian squats

Richard O’Hanlon, Peter Dew, Tak. Tak. Tak

“The non-profit organisation Tak Tak Tak was formed at the CASS School of Architecture by students disgruntled by data and the desk. A fraction of students abandoned the studio to volunteer in the Calais Jungle to learn where architects fit in. Finding few answers about the complexities of the migrant crisis and the camp, the team started a building project to unravel questions surrounding charity, money, safety, security, design and delivery.”
Peter and Richard met at the CASS School of Architecture during Part 2 while building a prototype house in Colombia. After working closely together on site they were determined to make the next academic brief a live project, resulting in successful crowdfunding and realisation of the ‘Calais Kids Space’. Lessons learned informed the direction of the following years studio brief by leading scoping studies in Athens and making contact with groups supporting refugees. Before moving back to the traditional office they completed the design phase of a new house in the Midlands for a private client but continue to be involved with the CASS as guest critics. Peter currently lives in London working at Lisa Shell Architects and Richard in Leamington Spa at the Design Buro. They are mid-way through Part 3 at the Architectural Association and have now set the course for a future design-making based practice.