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

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

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King's Cross

Euston Road

London

N1C 4AL

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.

Stevenage was the first of Britain’s New Towns, built after the end of WW2 to address the pressing need for high quality housing, and accommodate the overspill of London’s ever expanding population. The result was an astonishing Modernist town, planned to the last detail to offer the highest possible standard of living to its new residents. Industrial and retail zones, amenities, public art, recreation areas, and of course high quality housing promised a new, almost utopian way of life… a dream that turned into a nightmare for may of these towns in subsequent years. We will walk around Stevenage, hear the history of its ambitious master plan, and experience its astonishing New Town architecture. (Approx 5 hours)

Meeting Point the suggested meeting point is at King's Cross / St. Pancras where a luxury SUV will be waiting for you. However pickup from another, more convenient point is also possible - please message me for details.

Please note the minimum number of tickets per booking is 2. The ticket includes transfers to and from Stevenage in a luxury SUV with a licensed driver

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King's Cross

Euston Road

London

N1C 4AL

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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