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East London

Designing urban identities


● Fully booked

Monday 8 May 2017
6.30 — 8pm

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View of the ArcelorMittal Orbit from the Carpenters Estate, currently the subject of extensive regeneration schemes.

Photo by Emma Farrell.

The first in this series of debates focuses on East London, exploring the degree to which the architecture designed for upcoming developments is helping to shape or erode the tapestry of London’s identity.

The architectural heritage of London varies between sub-regions, boroughs and local communities, creating a city with many different characters. Will this be the case in the future, and how are new developments responding to existing identities and shaping new ones? And indeed, how important are these identities to the city’s future strength and prosperity? From Stratford to Royal Docks, the identity of East London is being drastically reshaped, turning this former industrial area into one of the new cultural and financial districts of the city. We look at key projects in development that will have a major impact on East London with architects, planners and social and political commentators.

This event is part of a new series of debates, Designing urban identities, that explores the degree to which the architecture designed for upcoming developments is helping shape or erode the tapestry of London’s identity. Over the course of the year, events will focus on the development taking place in each of the sub-regions as defined in the London Plan, and reflect on their impact on the capital as a whole.

Peter Barbalov – architect; Design Partner, Farrells; presenting the design development of Royal Albert Dock
Roger Hawkins – architect; Partner, Hawkins\Brown; presenting the Here East scheme
Matthew Carpen – Project Director, Barking Riverside Ltd; presenting the Barking Riverside development

Pooja Agrawal – architect, urban designer and Senior Project Officer, Regeneration Team, Greater London Authority
Andreas Lang – architect, co-founder of publicworks and the Civic University, Course Leader and Tutor, MA Architecture at Central Saint Martins, UAL
Charles Saumarez Smith – Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts; author of East London

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 8 May 2017

6.30 — 8pm

Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1

£12, £6 concessions. Includes talk and drinks reception.