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Peter Murray

 

This year’s strand on ‘Planning for 10 Million Londoners’ has a series of talks and debates that look at some of the challenges that face us all over the next decade, as the capital’s population nudges upwards, but what might face us over the horizon?

It can seem almost nonsensical to try to put together a plan for London for 30 years into the future – think of the changes that have taken place since 1988, in technology, transport, demographics, ways of working, leisure activities, retail – but planning decisions that are made now will have an effect on the London of 2050, so what should we be aware of?

We’re planning a joint event with CityMetric, the online urbanism magazine, to examine what the capital might look like midway through the century. Speakers include Jeremy Skinner of the GLA, Neil Bennett of Farrell’s and the discussion will be chaired by Jonn Elledge of CityMetric.

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Peter Murray

 

One of the things that the Society has been attempting to do for the past couple of years is to plan much further ahead, so that members (and potential members) can see what’s coming up.

We’re very pleased therefore to be able to publish a programme for the rest of the year. Other events will be added, there will obviously be some minor alterations to talks and to schedules, and we’re still working on a venue for the Summer Party, but you are able to see the extent of the plans for the next months.

You can read the programme online below, or download a pdf here.

We’ve listed everything by month, then by theme on the back page. Events where we are currently selling tickets can be found here. To keep up to date with what is now on sale you should make sure you’re on our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Peter Murray

 

This year’s Society events on planning have been curated by Colin Wilson, Strategic Planning Manager for the GLA (currently on secondment to Southwark Council). On  March 6th, London Society members met at the offices of Allies and Morrison to hear him explore the implications of the new London Plan, which will guide metropolitan development over the next 20 years. Jamie Jensen reports.

For a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges and opportunities facing London over the next 20 years, the Bankside home of architects Allies and Morrison was a fortuitous location: in the past 20 years, with the addition of the Millennium Bridge and Blackfriars Thameslink station, the revival of Borough Market and the opening of the Tate Modern art museum, the surrounding area has been utterly transformed. Thanks to huge public and private investment, Bankside is in many ways a case study of successful long-term urban regeneration.

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During this year the Society is organising members-only visits to some of London’s leading architectural practices to meet the principals and to hear about forthcoming projects as well as to see some of the practice’s recent work. On Monday February 26th, some two dozen London Society members enjoyed a wintry evening at the Clerkenwell atelier of Studio Egret West architecture. Jamie Jensen reports.

After an informal tour of Studio Egret West’s ground-floor, open-plan work space, the group gathered around bright yellow conference tables for wine, cheese and a fully illustrated chronicle of the firm’s architecture, urban planning and landscape design projects, as featured in their recent book Framing Serendipity: An Approach to Evolving Places.

Founded in 2004 by Christophe Egret and David West, who met while working for Will Alsop on the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Peckham Library, Studio Egret West found early success collaborating with developer Urban Splash on the regeneration of Sheffield’s 1961 modernist landmark Park Hill housing complex.

The two partners guided us through an entertaining timeline of their projects, highlighting such diverse challenges as developing a coherent design idiom to unify the look and feel of London Underground stations, and the 2012 project to accommodate a new public library, swimming pool and sports hall at the foot of an undulating high-rise tower amidst the Victorian suburbia of Clapham High Street. Current Egret West projects in and around London range from the controversial remodelling of Erno Goldfinger’s landmark Balfron Tower to ambitious new-build housing schemes for the former Olympic Park, a 1,500-unit scheme along the Thames for the London Borough of Barking, and the recently completed Caxton Works at Canning Town, which mixes street-level manufacturing workshops with 12 floors of private housing in the gritty East London docklands.

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