January 23 2015

A three part series curated by architectural writer Ellis Woodman in partnership with The Architectural Review featuring leading figures from the world of architecture, planning and development, now you can watch each debate here and have your say on Twitter #Arch4all.

Living on the River

As London grows ever denser and its property prices climb, there has been a significant resurgence of interest in opportunities to inhabit the Thames and its associated waterways. The evening will consider the pleasures and challenges of living on the water.

Chair: Phineas Harper - Deputy Editor Architectural Review

Speakers: John Robertson -founder and leader of JRA Anna Versteeg - Independent Architect and Planner Lee Wilshire - Urban Planner, Designer and Boater Anne Lydiat - Artist Jonas Lencer - Studio Director of de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects

Building by the River

From Greenwich to Battersea, the south bank of the Thames is currently being subjected to an unprecedented wave of property speculation.  A riverside that was formerly dominated by the presence of industry is being transformed into a belt of luxury housing - much of it taking the form of buildings of significant height.  What does this mean for the existing communities ranged along the river and what kind of skyline is it set to produce?  The evening will seek to establish whether the changes to the riverside are a welcome sign of London’s status as a world city or if we are in danger of transforming the capital into Shanghai-on-Thames.

Chair: Rowan Moore  - Architecture Critic, The Observer

Speakers: Richard Upton - Chief Executive of The Cathedral Group Roo Angell - A leader of Sayes Court Garden Community Interest Company. Eric Sorensen - Former Chief Executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation and of the London Thames Gateway project David Kohn - David Kohn Architects

Working on the River 

London’s prosperity was historically dependent on the Thames’ role as a site of trade and industry.  Since the development of container shipping in the 1960’s much of that activity has migrated downriver.  The Thames, nonetheless, continues to offer rich opportunities to serve as more than just a vista for the housing ranged along it.  A number of London’s poorest communities address the river.  Can it, once again, offer them a valuable source of employment?  With an increasing need to find sustainable means of transport for people, goods and waste are we making best use of this extraordinary resource at the heart of our city?

Chair: Ellis Woodman - The Telegraph and the Architectural Review

Speakers: Michael Webber - played a central role in the Thames Archaeological Survey Peter Guillery - Senior Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Architecture Martin Garside - Port of London Authority  Tom Holbrook - co-founder of 5th Studio, an acclaimed spatial design agency

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