The industrial ‘ruinscapes’ that define the proposed Peckham Coal Line linear park, form the venue for this exploration. Inspired by the rich industrial heritage of the coal siding, Owen utilises and up-cycles the fine grained Australian hard wood Jarrah, hidden for nearly a century inside discarded railway sleepers.
Owen incorporates play theory in his design practice, enriching the experiences of places and challenging the rules of ‘the design game’. This offers a more engaging and insightful process when collaborating with people and locations to inform designs, supporting a more social, flexible and resilient response. Creating furniture that incorporates elements to climb, sit, lounge and collect, offering playful interactive choices within the landscape. As mass urbanization and mobile populations are reshaping our cities and the fluid, complex world around us becomes the norm, it is increasingly vital to create urban environments such as these that engage communities with the surroundings in which they live.