University of East London students present Shed Life community workshop


Ten students from the University of East London present designs for a community workshop that aims to tackle social exclusion in Dezeen’s latest school show.

Called Shed Life, the group project is part of the students’ interior design master’s curriculum. The workshop, which will be built next year, is intended to be a creative space where local populations of different generations can collaborate.

The school: University of East London
Course: MA Interior Design
Dr Anastasia Karandinou
Dalal Abdullah, Omnia Al Temnah, Siclania Barroso, Georgette Ivette Wilthew Estefan, Mohammad Farahani, Maria Gradinar, Sonia Nohemy Medina Munoz, Atefeh Sargazi, Cherine Shawa, Gozde Tuncbilek, Teinane Chibuike Jesse Warekuromo and Yesim Yumrutas

School statement:

“Design at any scale responds – and leads at the same time – to cultural, political and social change. Our master’s course examines the role of design in forming places, connections and communities in a socially and environmentally sustainable way, to through speculative and pragmatic design exercises, some of which lead to projects built in real life. “

Shed Life Community Workshop

UEL MA Interior Design students co-designed a community workshop to fight social exclusion. UEL MA Interior Design Urban Livingroom studio, led by Dr Anastasia Karandinou, collaborated with the Thames View Tenants Association and Humourisk Artistic Director Susie Miller Oduniyi on the Shed Life project.

“This is a community workshop and meeting space, which will be built next year. The Urban Livingroom Studio has designed the interior of Shed Life as a space for creation and collaboration between populations. local people of different generations.

“Design was seen as a practice that addresses both pragmatically and metaphorically everyday social and political issues. The aim of this project was to raise awareness of the issue of social exclusion, isolation and solitude, and actively empower the local Barking community by designing this space, with them at the center of the process.

University of East London
Shed life is a co-designed community workshop that aims to fight against social exclusion

“The main activities to be hosted include a wood workshop, space for seminars, an exchange of knowledge and skills for small groups, computer and photography workshops, a gallery wall, the storage of some of the equipment and a tea / coffee maker.The interior includes elements that are flexible, removable and can be flat packed.

“Users of this small space can transform it themselves into a gallery with art exhibition walls, a workshop with shelves and countertops, or a more casual meeting place for share a tea.

“This project is part of an ongoing research and community engagement project aimed at tackling loneliness and social isolation by designing and creating a place that welcomes collaboration, creation and interaction between locals. The project was developed in collaboration with a group of locals, with whom workshops and online and in-person consultations were organized.

University of East London
Shed Life is a collaborative project as part of the students’ MA Interior Design course

“The exterior envelope of the building was designed by the students of UEL MARch, led by Alan Chandler. The project is developed in partnership with the Thames View Tennants association, Humourisk and its director Susie Miller Oduniyi.

“It is supported by the following funders: National Lottery, Healthy New Towns and Thames Talk (Barking Riverside London), London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Trust For London, Creekmouth Preservation Society, Barking and Dagenham Giving. All the students involved received the UEL Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Award for their work on a meaningful and valuable project for the local community.

“For more information, visit the university website website. “

Content of the partnership

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and the University of East London. Learn more about the content of the Dezeen partnership here


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