Levitt Bernstein’s Cardboard City of Stories
13th June saw the culmination of months of planning and collaboration between Levitt Bernstein and homelessness charities CRASH and Kairos Community Trust.
This large-scale art installation was displayed in the courtyard at the front of Levitt Bernstein’s Dalston studio as part of London Festival of Architecture (LFA) and explored the true but hidden stories of homeless people.
Taking its influence from this year’s LFA’s theme of ‘a work in progress’, the installation explored the efforts going into addressing these issues both through the design process at an architectural level, and also through CRASH’s work.
“What started off as an incredibly ambitious idea from Levitt Bernstein’s Hanna Benihoud resulted in an emotional journey for everyone involved,” says CRASH’s Emma Brophy.
“Kairos Community’s clients past and present were so generous in sharing their often harrowing stories of homelessness and addiction and how they have been supported whilst working to overcome these. Just one of the wonderful things that resulted from this project has been the willingness for everyone to learn from each other, it has been both humbling and inspirational.”
The medium used for the installation was cardboard, a material synonymous with its use on the streets as a barrier from the cold.
“City of Stories was special and something that will stay in the memory for ever,” says Kairos Director Mossie Lyons. “It was such an imaginative, creative, sensitive and non-judgemental way of presenting the scourge of homelessness in London (or any city).
“The stories from Kairos brought home the painful reality of the consequences of both addiction and homelessness. I would like to express our thanks to Hanna and Zohra for their incredible insightfulness and the hard work which they put into making their labour of love such a success.”