London – As part of the emerging community space Sugar House Island, this East London venue is set to welcome Black talent from two organisations: UD Music and East London Dance. Together, these establishments will use the Talent House to uplift and nurture Black artists, entrepreneurs, dancers and producers.
Of note, the renovated building is designed in a way that encourages connection and inclusive learning. A press release about the project reads: ‘An engine room for creativity, The Talent House will create opportunities for early career and more established dance and music artists to connect with one another, to be inspired and create, as well as encouraging the cross-pollination of talent, ideas, conversation and performance between art forms.’
Such a venue empowers talent from diverse backgrounds to feel engaged and inspired without facing appropriated design cues or cliché motifs. In a similar vein, we’ve previously explored the ways that interior designers are envisaging ideal homes for Black citizens.
Urban planners must consider the needs of communities and groups that will use their spaces. Involve such groups at research and development phases to ensure you’re supporting their needs and values