Ludgate Hill Polling station . Birimingham
An series of drawings detailing a proposed polling station building in Birmingham.
A new Polling Station Can the architecture of voting be re-thought to make this vital democratic act an engaging social and spatial ritual? Exisitng polling stations in Leeds Sisterhood Room, Methodist School Room, Lofthouse Portable building, land adjoining, Bancrost towers, Seacroft Belle Isle Branch library, Belle Isle Meanwood Community Cenre, Meanwood Venerable Bede Parish Church, Bramley Dance Studio, Bramley Baths, Bramley Seacroft Library, Seacroft Calton Primary School, Calton Harewood Village Hall, Harewood Old Halfway House Pub, Robin Hood, Wakefield Wetherby St James, C of E Primary School, Wetherby Otley Civic Centre, Otley, Warfedale My last vote Description of my last vote Arthington village hall stands as an anonymous single story structure, replete with pitched roof and white rendered walls. Its entrance faces onto the car-park, its windows too high for the passer by to look into from the busy Poole to Harewood stretch of the A659. The hall is one of 367 polling stations in the Leeds constituency, and part of a division of 33 wards for the General Election. The signage exclaims `POLLING BOOTH' and `WAY IN', the lettering is clean, alert and upright, optimistic but in no nonsense instructive manner, the spaces between letters make each one stand out creating a clear instruction to act. The car-park is empty, I am on foot and make my way inside, I am greeted by the presiding officer and her assistant sitting at a collapsible table, I register, then take the ballot paper and enter one of the wooden booths. After crossing a box from a list of unknown candidates, for parties I am familiar with, I fold and post the ballot paper into a plastic ballot box. I ask the women if it has been busy today, they remark on the weather. I notice the curtains and leave. examples from accross the world Papua New Guinee Norway Jerusalem What a mobile polling station could be Trade and Democracy Making every voting booth (the stage for the democratic act) involves a supply chain of global capitalism Making the plywood Voting Booth in the workshop Tracing the global journey of the plywood 12.5 Ecterior Grade Plywood Shire Timber yard, Cross Green industiral estate, Leeds Southampton Docks Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia Plywood Factory, Sibu, Malaysia Machining the logs into ply Malaysian Tropical Forrest A Local link between trade and democracy Birmingham, the city of 1000 trades correspondingly became a centre for workers rights, civic pride and democracy Birmingham grew during the early industiral revolution as a centre for making and inovation - The Jewellery quarter and the Soho area of the city were central to the growth of UK manufacturing at the end of the 18th century , utilising a new and exstensive canal network, and the local specialisim in steam power and engineering. Gold Gold Bar Jewellery smiths workstation in the Jewellery Quarter Musuem Boulton and Watt Soho Manufactury, Birmingham 1800, a world leader in steam engine technological and engineering development. Mathew Boulton, Candle Vase Mathew Boulton, Candle Vase, dimantled into its many complex elements Global distribution of products made at Boulton's Birmingham steam powered mint. Chart showing where vistors to Boulton and Watt Manufactury came from at the end of the 18th Century trade, workers rights, civic pride and democracy were developed in Birmingham during the Victorian period. Notably Joseph Chamberlain - A Birmingham screw manufacturer became one of Britains most influential 19th century politicians. Major links between Joseph Chamberlain Initial building program proposal Classroom to hold conferences and teach pupils Storage and repair of Voting booths pamphlets, posters and electoral sundries voting booth spectacle for general elections visible form street Public archive of global trade and democracy Distribution of voting booths by van Design of booths, pamphlets and voting properganda Distribution of ballot boxes to presiding officers on foot/ car Materials arrive to site for booth manufacture Production and manufacture of voting booths dsitibution of voting information and posters by courier and fly posters Distribution of voting booths by canal barge Birmingham Walking from Birmingham New Street station to the site, out of the city centre towards the Jewellery Quarter Encounter with the site - Brindley House and the BT tower Pedestrian bridge accross dual carriageway Arrive Birmingham New Street Station Site Plan 1-500 to J ew ell er y Qu ar te r 1 2 LU DG AT EH ILL 1 fo o Pr op os ed tp rin t 4 3 bu ild i ng 3 4 Br in d H ley ou se BT tower NE W HA L LS TR EE T 5 SIT 2 EB OU ND A RY LIN E to Ci ty Ce nt re an dN ew St re et St at io n LIO 5 NE L ST R EE T N Illustration shows the site without Brindley House and the BT Tower Access to site NEWHALL ST REET 1. Access to the site from street level on Lionel Street over an exisitng building with a carpark on its roof. 2. Access from Newhall Road along the tow path 3. Potential access to the site from the side road running parralell with the canal 4. The canal towpath runs under Ludgate Hill 5. Access from Ludgate Hill 6. Boat access along the canal LIONEL STREET LUDG IL ATE H L Existing movement through site Brindley House BT Tower NEWHALL STREET LION EL S TRE ET LUDGATE HILL Site as central node in communications and transport network BT tower links to satalite communicationshh Road l Site sits over the canal Rail link nearby Pedestrian bridge to City centre Canals and waterways Rail network Sun path analysis 06.00 Brindley House BT Tower 09.00 12.00 18.00 15.00 Site William Hogarth, 1755 Chairing the member. Oil on canvas, Sir John Soane's Museum, London Run up to the election, showing courtyard use and utilisation of the canal 1:200 2 LUDGATE HILL Heavy duty grill over canal work zone - no pedestrian access Office for electoral events team Courtyard 1 areas reserved for media and event tents 1. The courtyard to the left of the building is utilised for events in the run up to elections, including parties canvassing for votes, speakers corners, and media interviews. There is space at the rear of the courtyard for media and events tents. 2. The canal is vital to the life of the building. It is accesable from the street and becomes an inhabited public space, for canvassing and events. Each pollitical party might have a boat moored on the canal. Initial registration Two tier registration Initial registration takes place at the front of the building, the two tier registration system, (the final check takes place just before the voting booths) is akin to checking in for a flight. It allows voters to quickly `check in' before 10pm, enabling them to wander around the building, or if busy que to vote until midnight. This new two tier system will avoid any people being stuck in a que to register at 10pm and therfor unable to vote, as happened at the 2010 general election. 1:20 detail of Registration Key moment 5/7 following the path Store for Electoral Sundries Hundreds of objects are collected by the presiding officers the evening before an election. Events office of Electoral Commission 1:200 Plans Ground floor to the jewellery quarter canal workshops voting promenade route Registration office LUDGATE HILL Workers zone between buildings public toilet public toilet events office Events Courtyard areas reserved for Media and event tents to city centre First floor Gangways for counitng ballots Debatte chamber lift access Top down view fold out candidate information panels un-covered ramp up exit stairs polling booths lift access ballot box electoral official Showing key eleciton day moments 1:200 4 3 2 7 6 8 5 1 12 9 10 11 1. Registration desks 2. Choice of short route, or longer procession 3. View and walk past the counting wall showing every Birmingham polling station, and the 59 electoral candidate 4. Bridge under Brindley house, utilising existing canal concrete structures 5. View up the steps (and option to take lift) 6. Conversation moment, looking over the city 7. Fold out information boards with info about canditates 8. Crossing between the two buildings 9. Final document check by electoral official 10. Enclosed, quiet, and non distracting place in which voting takes place. 11. Placing the ballot in the vessel top, back out in the open. 12. Descending through building two to the entrance courtyard Showing deliveries of ballot boxes from polling stations accross the West Midlands after the Polling Stations have closed 1:200 LUDGATE HILL trolley takes ballot boxes to the lift and up to levels in main counting wall workshop rooms become counting and sorting areas registration of deliveries Heavy duty grill over canal work zone - no pedestrian access unloading vans and cars arrive with ballot boxes marked off pedestrian area areas reserved for Media and event tents electoral officials direct traffic and pedestrians main road networks trolley takes ballot boxes to the lift and up to levels in main counting wall workshop rooms become counting and sorting areas registration of deliveries LUDGATE HILL work zone - no pedestrian access unloading Heavy duty grill over canal vans and cars arrive wi ballot boxes marked off pedestrian area