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Stock Bricks to Brutalism: Housing Design History in Poplar
Sun 26 March 2017, 11:00 – 13:30 BST
The walk focuses on social housing design in the massive slum clearance and redevelopment of the East End of London in the 20th century, taking in typical between-the-wars estates, the influential Lansbury Estate, which formed the Live Architecture Exhibition of the 1951 Festival of Britain, and two modernist developments of the 1960s and 70s around which there has been considerable controversy: Balfron Tower (Goldfinger) and Robin Hood Gardens (Smithsons) -- at least until its scheduled demolition!
Along the way we will get to know a little of the history of Poplar, from being one of the original Tower Hamlets, becoming home to the East India Company’s shipbuilding yard and later its docks to being a base for some of the early leaders of the Labour movement.