Looking back through photographs made last summer I was reminded again of the mixed fortunes of council housing schemes. Golden Lane is a Corporation of London post-war estate near Barbican with well-designed homes and thoughtful external spaces. It now typifies the best council housing of that era and the blocks have been sympathetically maintained over the years. What a shame that the same can’t be said of Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar which, though built a decade later, is now due for demolition as part of the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme.
The Shoal by Studio Egret West was completed in time for 2012 and extends alongside the (old) Stratford shopping centre and car park as a defining part of Stratford’s new urban landscape.
This year’s Urban Photo Fest is themed (re:) Thinking the Street and opens at Tate Britain on Friday the 23rd October with a keynote address by London photographic artist Rut Blees Luxembourg. On Sunday 25th I am making a small contribution which is to lead a photo walk through my local neighbourhood of London’s Olympic Park and East Village, formerly the Athletes’ Village. The walk is an opportunity to look at the new architecture and parklands and also to consider ideas about the street and public space in this regenerated urban landscape. I spent several days over the summer photographing in and around East Village curious to see how this newly made place is starting to establish itself.