Poplar : New Towns and High Rises - an urban history of Britain

Poplar : New Towns and High Rises - an urban history of Britain

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£27.54

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Bank Station

Princes Street

London

EC3V 3LA

United Kingdom

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From New Town Blues to High Rise Utopias, experience Britain's Modernist Art, Brutalist Architecture, and post-war ambition

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"They thrived on the rapid turnover of acquaintances, the lack of involvement with others, and the total self-sufficiency of lives which, needing nothing, were never disappointed"

JG Ballard, High-Rise

Join me in an exploratory walk at the vertical neighbourhoods of London’s East End and the Docklands, or discover the capital’s satellite New Towns. There, we will connect with the fascinating narrative of London’s urban transformation : from Victorian slum sprawls and wartime devastation, to post-war ambition and monumental Modernist rebirth. But we will also witness design failures, changing perceptions, and the betrayal of the powers that be : everything that brought about the decline of Britain's Welfare State, and with it, the demise of New Towns and Council Estates as a model for future communities.

The tour series revolves around 5 distinctive localities in and around Greater London : Thamesmead, Islington, Poplar, Stevenage, and Harlow. Each has its own distinctive character, history, and outlook - and each is also connected with the others through a strong undercurrent of Modernist principles and Welfare State mentality. We will see why and how plans were made, people believed, and townships thrived, failed and/or survived in the course of the past 70 years.

Naturally, we'll take a lot of photos, and on occasion, we'll meet up with locals for a chat. There's also the promise of a hearty local meal, which isn't included in the tour price.

At Poplar, I will take you to London’s Docklands, where we will explore Robin Hood Gardens, a landmark of the country’s New Brutalist aesthetic, and a controversial symbol of council estate design failure. It is now under demolition, so last chance to see it before it goes forever ! We will continue our visit towards Brownfield Estate, the housing showpiece for 1951’s Festival of Britain, as well as its Chrisp Street Market, Britain’s first pedestrian shopping area – both icons of post war urban regeneration, and stylistic examples of a new, futuristic way of living. We will then attempt a deep dive into the mind and persona of a true Brutalist architect – Erno Goldfinger, at the site of his breathtaking tower ensemble : The Balfron Tower, Carradale House and Glenkerry House. (Approx 2 hours)

Meeting Point the suggested meeting point is at Bank Tube Station (Central/Northern/DLR) at the corner of Cornhill & Lombard St.

Please note the minimum number of tickets per booking is 2.

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