Contaminated Car Canyons or Beautiful Boulevards. Can London’s major roads be better used, cleaner and more beautiful?
An exhibition and discussion of ideas about the future of London’s major arterial roads – how can we Create Boulevards for London?
- In a city the size of London, do we need to accept that our major roads will be unpleasant and polluted and that it’s the price we pay for getting around smoothly? Or can we free our streets from the tyranny of traffic, and make them attractive places that people want to be in and live on. But if so, how will we get around?
- Do the qualified professionals working for councils, urban designers and architects know best? Or should communities take the lead in deciding how their major streets look and feel? How can they work together?
- London desperately needs more homes, so should we let developers build as intensely as possible, and not let communities reject solutions that could solve the housing crisis? Or should we ensure that local residents take the lead in deciding what is built in their area? But how will we get the homes London needs?
During 2017, Create Streets arranged for communities and architects across London to team up for ‘mini-charrettes’ (or community workshops) where they have together created their vision for Boulevards in their local area.
The mini-charrettes were run with HTA Design in Grove Park in Lewisham, JTP Architects on the Holloway Road, Islington and Alexandra Steed Urban and Urban Engineering Studio at Clapham Road in Lambeth. We worked with a range of community groups including Grove Park Neighbourhood Forum, Kennington Oval & Vauxhall Forum, Better Archway Forum and Islington Living Streets. We would like to thank them all.
On Friday 30th of June, we ran a discussion of our work, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
We exhibited the outcomes of these fantastic workshops and discussed how London can go about Creating boulevards like these in the future. With a panel of industry experts and local residents, we discussed the future of London’s major roads, and how we can move towards making them more attractive, popular places in which people want to live, work and play – and how communities, architects, local government and investors can work together to that end.
We would like to thank all our speakers and our chair.
- Alexandra Steed (Alexandra Steed Urban)
- Kate Calvert (Better Archway Forum)
- James Lord (HTA Design)
- Nicholas Boys Smith (Create Streets)
- Cllr Suzannah Clarke (Ward Councillor, London Borough of Lewisham)