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A year in pictures: celebrating 40 years of the Christchurch estate
Thu 22 June 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
ZCD Architects is presenting an exhibition of photography by local artist Madeleine Waller as part of the 2017 London Festival of Architecture.
Taken around Victoria Park's Christchurch Estate in East London, Waller’s photographs represent how well thought out and carefully planned architecture can make a real difference to a community’s quality of life.
Waller’s photographs capture the moments that make our memories; playing out, meeting neighbours and enjoying life outside.
The estate, which was previously known as the Crown Estate, is celebrating 40 years since it was completed. Designed by architect John Spence & Partners, the scheme features mixed tenures, landscaped communal gardens, and car-free streets.
For ZCD Architects, the estate provides a leading example of successful urban space as we continue to look at new ways of thinking about housing. We are driven by a desire to produce well-designed buildings and external spaces that form cohesive neighbourhoods and places where people want to live and stay.
The exhibition will open with a panel discussion where Waller will be joined by play experts, academics, designers and local residents to discuss the estate. Considering what new estates can learn from the Christchurch Estate, we will also ask why many new schemes perform badly, creating poor social spaces, despite being designed to current standards. We will share our knowledge and experience to suggest ways forward; where policy can lead and where a cultural change can be encouraged to bring about better-designed neighbourhoods of the future.