WALK | The London public health architecture walking tour
event Saturday, 22 January 2022
access_time 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
location_on 29-30 Soho Square, W1D 3QS
**This walk has now SOLD OUT. A Waiting List is in operation, do register and we will contact you should a space become available.
Join Eleanor Marshall (Open City walking guide) for a socially-distanced walking tour exploring how public health challenges shaped London’s built environment through the ages.
Taking us from Soho to Clerkenwell, the tour chronicles many of London’s public health crises and reveals how in response bold reformers, architects and public bodies radically changed our urban environment. We will see how urban qualities we take for granted — such as clean water, sanitation, fresh air and natural light — came to be recognised as crucial to good living and working conditions and radically influenced the architecture of the city. The tour also considers how the current pandemic might reshape our city once again.
Starting in Golden Square, the site of a severe outbreak of cholera in 1854, the tour travels through Bloomsbury to Somers Town, an area of bold community health reform and finishes at Bevin Court, a controversial housing project that was part of a string of radical attempts to create modernist affordable housing in the former Borough of Finsbury.
Eleanor Marshall is a writer and architectural designer based in London. She has worked in public realm and industrial design offices in North America and the UK, and with city transport authorities in Moscow, London, Edinburgh and New York. Her areas of practice are transport, health, urban design and post-war architecture.
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