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West London

Designing urban identities


Monday 22 May 2017
6.30 — 8pm

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Demolition of the Earls Court exhibition centre.

© Stephen Burrows / Alamy Stock Photo

Exploring the degree to which the architecture designed for upcoming developments is helping to shape or erode the tapestry of London’s identity, the second event in our ‘Designing urban identities’ series focuses on West London.

The character of the urban fabric of London varies across the city, and has been shaped over time by varying economic, political and social factors. As new developments emerge they need to both respond to existing conditions and help formulate a future vision and identity for the locale within London. While much attention has been placed on the drastic changes in East London, there are equally major projects in West London that are reconfiguring the nature of the built environment. How are these new developments responding to existing and future identities? What is the role of local communities in defining these new areas? Old Oak Common, Earls Court and Acton are just some of the next housebuilding hotspots in London, and with the opening of the East-West Crossrail line and the expansion plans for Heathrow Airport, these projects will drastically transform the economy, cityscape and thus identity of West London.

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 across each of the sub-regions as defined in the London Plan, and reflect on their impact on the capital as a whole.

Hazel Joseph – Associate Director, AHMM; presenting the BBC Television Centre masterplan in White City
Mick Mulhern – town planner; Director of Planning, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC); presenting the Old Oak and Park Royal masterplan
David West – architect; Founding Director, Studio Egret West; presenting the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes

Holly Lewis – architect; Co-founding Partner, We Made That
Dr David Madden – sociologist; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Cities Programme, LSE

Shumi Bose – educator, curator and editor, Senior Lecturer, BA Architecture at Central Saint Martins, UAL, and co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 22 May 2017

6.30 — 8pm

Geological Society, Piccadilly, W1

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

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