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Peter Murray

 

Come and join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening as we celebrate the chance to meet friends old and new over delicious food, drink, music and conversation at this year’s 2019 Summer Party (tickets are available here). There will also be a chance to see the entrants in the Society’s photo competition.

Thanks to Squire & Partners we are delighted to announce this year’s party will take place on the stunning roof top terrance of Upstairs, The Department Store in Brixton.

The Bon Marche in Brixton was built in 1876 by James Smith, a local businessman from Tooting inspired by the opulence of the original Paris Bon Marche.  The Department Store was created in 1906 as a furniture annex, and was the first steel framed building in the UK. Squire & Partners purchased the dilapidated building in 2015, and entirely reimagined the space allowing the existing fabric and layers of history to inform the new design. Collaborating with craftspeople and furniture makers, the restored building provides an exciting array of spaces for the various design disciplines within the practice.

Holding the party in this wonderful space, we feel, perfectly reflects the Society’s mission of “valuing the past, looking to the future“.

The party will start at 6:45pm following the London Society AGM which will be held Downstairs which all current members are invited to attend and vote at.

Tickets and further information below:

Our thanks to the event sponsors:

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High streets are at the heart of our economic and civic life, common to all, the most public of public spaces. In this seminar, two speakers gave their different views on husbandry of the public realm and how to value it in various contexts:. Brian Whiteley Reports.

 

Emily Gee works for Historic England (HE), the government’s adviser on the historic environment. She has been working with historic high streets, listing special examples of retail, domestic and civic architecture that form their backbone; supporting heritage-led conservation/regeneration work.

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“Up and down the City Road, In and out the Eagle, That’s the way the Money goes. Pop goes the weasel.” Jo East went with Rob Smith on the recent London Society walk along this fascinating (and rapidly changing) stretch of north London.

Rob Smith was soon giving his explanation of the nursery rhyme on our second stop on a walk that took us down from The Angel to Old Street. Rob does this walk as part of Footprints of London on a regular basis so this review will try to avoid too many specifics but instead give a flavour of the two hour walk, adding in some architectural references for the buildings we passed.

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Inspiration | Provocation:

Essays on the Blurred Edges of the Built Environment

A natty little publication from London Society friends ING media, which you can get for free. Reviewed by Jessica Cargill Thompson

 

 

Innovation / Provocation is a collection of thoughts, essays, images, and general musings occupying the space between the built environment and everyday urban life. While the content is nothing if not eclectic –  ranging from Brian Eno’s airport music to a 1980s property brochure starring a giant tie (ING is a communications agency specialising in the built environment and the book is essentially a creative calling card) – it includes are several pieces that offer provocative inspiration for a future London that values its past.

First to catch our eye was an interview with Michael Heseltine, former Conservative minister and key protagonist of post-industrial regeneration, particularly Urban Development Corporations. For younger readers, he’s largely responsible for what happened to London Docklands. This was a chance for interviewer Akil Scafe-Smith, cofounder of design collective Resolve, to challenge Lord Heseltine on his urban development legacy (AS-S: ‘displacement of existing communities’; MH: ‘a massive regenerative opportunity’), and what he might have done differently (talk to local people). The piece was extracted from a longer interview, and it’s a pity there’s no link to the full version.

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What does Valuing the past, looking to the future mean to you, and can you capture this in a photograph or illustration?

In the inaugural London Society photo competition we’re looking for images of London, photographic or otherwise that encapsulate our new motto, or either of its constituent parts. And we’ll be announcing the winners at our annual summer party on 1 July.

Prizes include double tickets to this year’s Summer Party, at Upstairs at the Department Store in Brixton; an A3 mounted print of your entry; membership of the London Society, and your picture will be published in the next issue of the Society’s Journal.

Images can be of buildings, people, places, events… think as broadly as you wish. The competition is open to members and non-members, and you can enter as many images as you’d like.

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London Society members were fortunate to be given a ‘hard hat’ tour of the redevelopment work at the Broadgate complex in the City. Roger Cline reports on the visit.

It was an early start for an intrepid band of Society members who assembled at 3 Broadgate Square, the marketing suite for the Broadgate re-development. The original buildings were erected in 1981-1999 on the site of Broad Street Station and in the air space over part of Liverpool Street station and were all office block fortresses with security permit entry only. Business practice has changed in the meantime and the blocks are being refurbished to replace the large trading floors by flexible office space close to windows with an emphasis on wellbeing of employees and ‘smart’ operation whereby their mobile telephones will pick up instructions as they enter as to which desk they will use for the day and providing temperature and illumination suitable for the work they will be doing. The wellbeing of employees and public alike will be catered for with extensive retail premises on ground and sometimes several other floors, as well as leisure centres and catering. The security gates will only be located inwards of the office reception area, so the public can enjoy facilities such as meeting areas, coffee shops and wi-fi outside the gates. The whole area is private land with high but unobtrusive security (60-80 security personnel on duty at any time, day and night) so any misuse of the facilities can be dealt with (and may cause them to be restricted). The area is kept clean with the ground floor paving being regularly washed.

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The second URBAN TREE FESTIVAL in London will take place this weekend 18-19 May 2019. You will find full details of the planned events, plus links to book, here.

The festival would not have been possible without the generosity of a core team of volunteers with support from Trees for Cities, the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities.

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The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the London Society will be held on Monday 1 July from 6:00-6:30pm at the offices of Squire and Partners, The Department Store, Ferndale Road, London SW9 8FR.

All current members* of the Society are entitled to attend and to vote. Please register here if you plan to be at the AGM.

Minutes of the 2018 AGM can be downloaded here.

The agenda for the meeting and the 2018 draft accounts will be available to all members in advance of the meeting.

Motions for the AGM should be sent to the Hon. Sec. (c/o director@londonsociety.org.uk) to be received before 10 June 2019.

Persons wishing to stand for the Committee should let the Hon. Sec. know before 10 June 2019 along with the names of their proposers and seconders (both of whom must be current members of the Society).

After the AGM, why not join us for food, drink and music at the Society’s summer party, held in the upstairs bar above Squire and Partners. Tickets will go on sale this week – but book early, because tickets are strictly limited.

*From the constitution: No Member shall have power to vote at any meeting of the Society if his or her subscription is in arrears at the time. … A Corporate Member may appoint a representative to vote on its behalf at all meetings but before such representative exercises his or her right to vote the Corporate Member shall give particulars in writing to the Honorary Secretary of such representative.

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The Society’s AGM will be held on Monday 1 July at The Department Store in Brixton. Formal notification of the meeting and invitations will be sent to all members in the next two weeks, but if you have motions that you would like the meeting to discuss, or would like nomination papers to become a committee member, please email the director (director@londonsociety.org.uk).

Following the AGM we will be holding the Society’s Summer Party, with food, drink, music and more. Tickets for this will be available shortly.

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