Urban identities are never straightforward; they're a complex product of competing interests and ever-changing conditions. Around south London's Old Kent Road, where 20,000 new homes are demanded by the draft Area Action Plan and the Bakerloo Line extension is proposed, this is particularly dramatic.
During this two-day workshop, urban design professionals will work with local residents, businesses and members of the public to initiate creative responses to the area's key contested development sites. How industrial and commercial use can be combined with housing and communal spaces will form a central question. We will offer some exciting alternatives for the area that both relate to its current identity, and seek to inspire future planning.
This event is a collaboration between architecture practice what if: projects, London Metropolitan University's Cass Cities (MA Architecture and Urbanism) and Cass Architecture Studio 8, local business association Vital OKR, community group Peckham Weeklies, Livesey Exchange workshop, Treasure House and Southwark Council. Resulting propositions will be presented as part of the Cass Summer Show and published as a pamphlet.
Running alongside the workshops will be guided walks around Old Kent Road, exploring its history and including visits to some of its exciting local businesses vital to London's economy.