Flats by Sharon O'Neill
Blueprint for Living Exhibition and Estate Tour
Fitzhugh Community Clubroom, Fitzhugh Estate, Fitzhugh Grove, SW18 3SA, 20 may attend.
Tube: Wandsworth Common (Overground)

Saturday, 4 June, 10:30 - 11:30
A product of the post war housing boom and mid-century modernist optimism, the Fitzhugh Estate in Wandsworth, south London, was designed by Sir John Leslie Martin, the principal architect of the Royal Festival Hall.  

To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the estate, photographic artist Sharon O’Neill is curating the group exhibition Bluepoint for Living.  The exhibition is an artistic response to photographs taken in 1956 of the newly built estate by Bill Toomey for the Architects’ Journal and uncovered at the Royal Institute of British architecture’s photographic collection.


Visit www.blueprintforliving.co.uk for full list of events to accompany the exhibition.
Image : ©Sharon O'Neill

The Lost Art of Swimming the Thames
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

Tuesday, 7 June, 6:30 - 8:30
Join author Caitlin Davies for an illustrated talk on the birth of river racing and the reasons why today’s ‘wild swimmers’ are reclaiming the Thames.

From championship races through central London in the 1870s, to floating baths, galas in the East End docks and a children’s beach at Tower Bridge, swimmers have always made good use of the Thames.


Sketching the City
Corner of Lime & Leadenhall St's, EC3M , 15 may attend.
Tube: Bank (Central line) or Monument (Circle, District line)

Thursday, 16 June, 6:30 - 8:30
An evening sketching on location in the City of London with artist Jeanette Barnes.

Some friendly and informal guidance will be given to widen your approach and build confidence when drawing in urban environments. Jeanette produces large drawings in her studio of London’s signature developments based upon many months of drawing and direct experience.

As a suggestion bring a couple of different materials so that a variety of effects can be made eg. pencils and a felt tip pen, softer pencils, or charcoal.

Islington’s New River Head
Colebrooke Row Gardens, N1 8AN, 20 may attend.
Tube: Angel (Northern line)

Saturday, 18 June, 11:00 - 12:30
Explore Islington’s New River Head– looking at the big picture moves shaping modern London, our walk will take us along the New River’ which in the 1600’s brought water 40 miles from rural Hertfordshire into Clerkenwell. The walk will be led by celebrated local conservationist Alec Forshaw, former long-time Chief Conservation Officer for Islington, and a Trustee of the Islington Historic Preservation Trust. The walk will start in Colebrooke Row, Islington, and terminate in the New River Head, Sadlers Wells.

Altered Estates
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

Thursday, 23 June, 6:30 - 8:30
Altered Estates: how to reconcile competing interests in estate regeneration
Roberts and Sykes’ definition of regeneration cites the quest for ‘lasting improvements’ of neighbourhoods that have failed to attract investment on their own account.  We reflect on the political nature of this question as there are a range of possible motivations for seeking change.  When it comes to estate regeneration in particular, we have seen quiet a variety, including the elimination of poverty (Cameron), the rescue of forgotten communities (Blair), and the supply of new homes (Adonis, Heseltine et al).


The Renaissance of Prefabrication
Corner of Olympic Way & Fulton Rd, HA9 0NU, 25 may attend.
Tube: Wembley Park (Metropolitan & Jubilee lines)

Saturday, 25 June, 10:00 - 11:30
Prefabrication of buildings in the UK is not new, but it is undergoing something of a renaissance. Images of Nissen huts turned into homes in a desperate effort to quickly provide new homes post WWII are what comes to many people’s minds when ‘prefab’ is mentioned. A slightly Heath Robinson’ish rationing era solution that people put up with because they knew that it was the best that could be offered at the time.


Many of these temporary homes have lasted for much longer than intended and are often well loved despite their shortcomings. Modern prefabricated buildings are a very different proposition, with materials and components coming from all over the world to be assembled together, and then brought on a truck to the final site. Instead of single storey huts, we now can build multi-storey buildings to a high specification and do it in half the time it takes traditional contractors.


Come along and see some of the results for yourselves in a short walking tour of a number of prefabricated buildings ranging from 8-19 stories in the Wembley area.

LS | PETER YORK photo by steve ullathorne v2
Second Thoughts from a London Chauvinist
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL, 20 may attend.
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

Tuesday, 5 July, 6:30 - 8:30
Peter York is a deep London Chauvinist.  Raised, educated, shaped by London – and with one long line of Londoners in his DNA – he’s always wanted London to be Top Dog amongst world cities.  Jealous of New York’s wealth and European capitals’ sophistication from the Seventies onwards, he always felt that it wasn’t enough to have invented Punk and New Romanticism.  We should have the credit and the money too. 

Hans Place: Henry Squire on Modern Craft
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, and Metropolitan lines)

Thursday, 21 July, 6:30 - 8:30
Join Henry Squire as he talks through the use of craft, ornament and innovation at Hans Place, a collection of apartments in Knightsbridge which present a modern interpretation of the intricate gauged brickwork which characterises the area and its much loved red brick buildings. 

Henry has led the design team to develop bespoke, crafted brickwork that features on spandrels, lintels and the chimney of the new development.