Positive Dialogues is a collaboration between architecture students Sophie Ramsbotham, Alexander Furunes, Kenji Takashi and the community of Soho, London. Positive Dialogues held weekly community-driven workshops at their hand-made wooden market stall in Berwick Street (the oldest market in England).
Pushing the boundaries of traditional architectural representation, Positive Dialogues engaged the community through building up on local knowledge, re-drawing the Soho map, painting the senses, holding events, making models, and shadow storytelling.
With the aim of developing a bottom-up design approach, Alex and Sophie initiated meetings with diverse members of the community as well as the current developers, PMB Holdings.
Positive Dialogues is currently being led by the members of Berwick Street Working Group, their ideas are represented on the community chalkboard they redesigned for a façade in the street.