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London Bridge - A place for Old and New
Mon 5 June 2017, 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Whether you are new to the area or are just keen to learn more about the neighbourhood, this FREE guided walking tour of London Bridge area provides a fascinating insight into this historically rich part of London. This particular tour is a repeat of a popular route which looks at the story of London Bridge and the history of Southwark and the river. There is plenty of fascinating architecture to admire and learn about en route. Our ace Blue Badge Guide Alan Read will take us to see many of the local highlights, explaining their significance and place in history as we go along.
Meeting at 5.50pm for a 6pm departure, the walk will start at The Scoop at More London and last for approximately 90 mins. Remember to dress for changeable weather (umbrellas always useful!) and wear some sensible walking shoes.
London Bridge is a place of history and modernity, with ongoing change happening, particularly as the new station reaches its final stages and new sites come up for development. Team London Bridge represents over 350 businesses in the area and has put Placeshaping at the heart of its vision for the area. As part of the LFA, throughout June we will deliver a range of events, talks and walks with our local stakeholders to explore and take forward themes and projects in the area. In particular, this includes activating the Thames riverfront, reducing traffic to create healthy vibrant streets, creating the Low Line by transforming railway arches and public realm, and creating a local list of placemarks to complement the new Southwark Local Plan.
About London Festival of Architecture
London Festival of Architecture has announced that the theme of the 2017 festival will be ‘memory’. The theme of will be explored through a wide range of events and activities when the London Festival of Architecture – Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival – returns on 1-30 June 2017.
London is a city of myriad layers, each infused with memory: of people, buildings, places and experiences. London’s built environment, with memories bound up within it, is fundamental to how people experience the city, and the starting point from which architects, developers and communities can address change.
London’s built memories are never far from its present – living on in old place names, the City of London’s medieval street pattern, or London’s rich architectural heritage. Memory is fundamental to a sense of place: something that communities cherish in the face of change, and a tool for architects and developers as they achieve change and place further layers of activity and memory on top of all the others.
Recent and future development at King’s Cross, Nine Elms and Smithfield Market are reminders of how memory is inextricably linked to character and placemaking. They show how architects, planners and developers need to proceed with care: aware that carelessness can obliterate cherished memories of London’s places, and alert to opportunities to harness memory in positive ways.
More info here: http://www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org/