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Peter Murray

 

The London Society debated the subject of estate regeneration on 23 June. Four architectural practices brought their long experience of housing to address the question: HTA Design LLP, Levitt Bernstein, Pollard Thomas & Edwards, and PRP. Saul Colyns reports.

As Londoners we live in a city of constant change, yet we retain a strong sense of and longing for community. This was reflected in the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, with many of the events questioning how architecture shapes communities. It was therefore especially pertinent timing to explore estate regeneration and its impact upon communities at this talk.

Altered Estates‘, a report born out of collaboration between Levitt Bernstein, HTA Design, PRP Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards, who have over 200 years of collective experience working on housing between them, offers recommendations on how to reconcile competing interests in estate regeneration.

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Peter Murray

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).

 

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