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On 8 November around 300 members and non-members of the Society came together in St Marylebone Parish Church to hear Sir Terry Farrell give this year’s Sir Banister Fletcher Lecture which he called “Shaping London”. Saul Collyns reports.

cwwxrnxw8aakfbyIn the 2016 Sir Banister Fletcher Memorial Lecture,renowned architect and urban planner Sir Terry Farrell, set out a fascinating viewpoint of London that revealed new connections between London’s past, present and future.

Farrell began by underlining the importance of ‘place as client’ as the guiding principle of his work. He believes in examining what a place aspires to be, separating it from any client base in order to fully understand its intricacies.

Farrell’s place-based approach has compelled him to study the different factors that have shaped London’s development, and he captivated us with some of his findings. London has grown organically, with much of its geography dictated by the River Thames. A fascination with the river’s bends led Farrell to realise that it was always deeper on the outside bend, with a build up of silt on the inner bend. As the city grew, large settlements such as Kingston and Richmond were built on the outer bends, which are easily navigable by boat, whereas parks or areas of low land value are located on the inner bends (notably the city’s numerous docks). A lack of river crossings in east London has also impeded connectivity and thus development. No flat-level bridges (which Farrell considers to be a crucial component of city making) cross the Thames downstream of Tower Bridge, so Farrell recently proposed a plan for 8 new low-rise bridges to the east, which would provide much needed connectivity to support more housing development.

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Yesterday evening around 300 members and non-members of the Society packed into St Marylebone Parish Church to hear Sir Terry Farrell give the annual Sir Banister Fletcher lecture.

There’ll be a full write-up in due course, but the slides from the presentation are available below.

 

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Non-members can now buy tickets to hear Sir Terry Farrell give the annual Banister Fletcher lecture – and if you register before 1 September you will save £4.00 off the regular price.

For the rest of this month, ‘early bird’ tickets are available for just £10 (that includes the drinks reception after the talk).

Setting out a new and dynamic viewpoint on London, Sir Terry will join the dots and reveal new connections between London’s past, present and future, exploring how the capital’s complex shape has evolved over time, and also reflecting on current pressures on the city and its built environment.

Those of you who have heard Sir Terry before, will know that it will be an intelligently argued and entertainingly delivered talk.

To get your early bird tickets, go to our secure site here. The talk takes place on the evening of 8 November, in St Marylebone Parish Church, NW1 (location map here).

(However, the best deal is to join the London Society, because then you can get a ticket for the lecture completely free. Click here to see the membership options.)

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b9f7ade8-31b2-4af6-82c6-38112171ff08Setting out a new and dynamic viewpoint on London, in this year’s Banister Fletcher lecture renowned architect and urban planner Sir Terry Farrell will join up the dots and reveal new connections between London’s past, present and future.

Looking beyond the contribution of individual buildings to the city, Sir Terry will explore on a larger canvas how the capital’s complex shape has evolved over time, and also reflect on current pressures on the city and its built environment.

The debate will take place on 8 November. Tickets are free to London Society members (you can find details of how to join the Society here).

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE – CLICK HERE

 

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