With the possibility that current development will alter the uniquely contradictory character of Soho, DSDHA and the students of Unit 11 have declared a state of emergency. Together they propose a new Urban Constitution for an imagined Free State of Soho.
In 1854 a lethal outbreak of cholera took hold in the centre of London. At the time, Soho housed 432 people per acre- making it at least 10 times denser than today. In revealing a hidden menace through mapping contagion, Soho proved to be the site of a revolution in urban development.
Studio propositions engage with the contemporary notion of 'Exchange' within the scale of a city block, and are presented for the first time in the windows of Banana Republic on Soho’s western boundary.