August 2014

The future of the Thames, and in particular the burgeoning development along the riverside, is currently one of the hottest topics of discussion in London.

Leading architecture critic Ellis Woodman has taken this as the theme for three keynote debates which will launch the ORNC’s new Architecture for All programme this autumn.  Starting with Living on the River (23 October) the series will go on to look at Building by the River (21 November) and conclude with Working on the River (19 December)

A site of housing, industry, recreation and transport the Thames is one of London’s greatest resources and a fundamental part of its identity,” says Woodman. “Yet, despite the fact that the riverfront is currently the subject of redevelopment proposals of unprecedented scale, London's ambitions for the Thames have yet to be widely articulated or debated. The Thames talks will bring together parties ranging from developers to community activists, architects to archaeologists to discuss the conflicts presented by the imminent wave of construction and the opportunities that it presents.”

“With cities like London in the throes of dramatic change, thinking and talking about architecture has never been more important.” adds Will Palin Head of Conservation at the ORNC who has developed the Architecture for All programme. “Choices we make now about the design and planning of our towns and cities will have a major impact on the lives of future generations.”

“Through the Architecture for All series of debates we aim to bring together a wide range of voices from professional architects, planners and developers to the public who experience and interact with architecture in their daily lives to explore topics ranging from the future of the river to how we should conserve our built heritage.”

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