Architecture photo walks and workshops

Explore places through photography to discover the stories about architecture and urban change in different parts of the city.  

  • 27 Feb : Concrete Futures:  all details at architecture.com
  • 2 April : Golden Lane and the Barbican : all details at architecture.com
  • 9 April : Members' Photo Challenge : all details at barbican.com
  • 7 May - Canada Water and Rotherhithe : all details at architecture.com
  • 14 May : Members' Urban Garden Photo Walk : all details at barbican.com
  • 11 June - New City architecture : all details at architecture.com
  • 18 June : Members' Square Mile Photo Walk : all details at barbican.com
  • 10 September Barbican to Charterhouse Photo Walk : all details at barbican.com

Further details on the walks and locations with links to recent listings. Please contact me for any enquiries.

Concrete Futures

Balfron Tower and the Robin Hood Gardens estate are two of the most well-known examples of Brutalist architecture in East London. Located in a Conservation Area, the Balfron Tower is Grade II* listed and being refurbished whereas Robin Hood Gardens is undergoing demolition as part of the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme. On this walk we reflect on the utopian ambitions of the architects behind these great social housing projects and question what aspects of their pasts might have led to such diverging futures. 

See listing of this walk from the 23 Feb 2020 at architecture.com

Olympic Park - legacy landscape 

London’s proposal for the 2012 Olympics was to develop a ‘legacy’ park for the future that would long outlast the temporary setting of the Games. The Park would be a model of sustainable urban landscape design and provide a backdrop for some inspirational architecture including the London Aquatics Centre and the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted Velodrome. With photographs from before and after the Games along with insights of living within the local neighbourhood this photo walk looks at the legacy of the Park and considers the changes that are yet to come. 

See listing for this walk from 25 Sep 2021 at architecture.com

Walking the Leaway

From Pudding Mill Lane to Leamouth, the Leaway is a walking route through a once fragmented urban landscape of East London’s industrial past. It is also the backbone for an extended Lea River Park that links the Olympic Park to the Thames. On this photo walk we will see the historical features of this once industrialised area as well as the emerging new landscape and stop at Cody Dock where the community is leading the redevelopment. Along the way we will pass several sculptures on The Line art trail as well as find thriving wildlife and surprising views of London’s skyline.

See listing for from the 24th Oct 2021 at architecture.com

Canada Water and Rotherhithe:  

The industrial wharves of Rotherhithe were some of the first in London to undergo regeneration as old and derelict warehouse buildings were architecturally re-modelled into residential flats and loft-style apartments. Over previous centuries, Rotherhithe was a watery landscape of shipyards, docks and timber ponds with international trade connecting this maritime London village to Canada, the Baltic and Scandinavia. The walk follows the scenic waterway of the Albion Channel, scales Stave Hill for spectacular views and then descends to discover the architecture and heritage of Rotherhithe Village.

See listing of this walk from 7th May 2022 at architecture.com

Deptford Creekside

Deptford Creekside was granted conservation status in 2012 and along with architectural and industrial heritage the area is also well-known for its many artists studios and galleries. Starting at Cutty Sark, this walk heads in the opposite direction to Greenwich and considers the importance of arts and culture to the urban regeneration underway. A stop to see the translucent Laban Dance Centre by Herzog and de Meuron, which won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2003, is one of the highlights before exploring the rest of the historic Creekside conservation area.

See listing of this walk from 5 Oct 2019 at architecture.com

Golden Lane Estate and the Barbican

These two great estates were designed about ten years apart by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon to provide much needed housing in City of London locations that had been heavily bomb damaged during the war. Now listed they continue to be exemplars from a period of utopian ideals for city living with gardens, open spaces and leisure facilities that were all carefully designed to meet the needs of residents. Starting at Barbican station the walk explores the vantage points around Golden Lane before heading up onto the Barbican Highwalks and finishing at Moorgate.  

See listing for this walk from the 2nd April 2022 at architecture.com

Kings Cross and St Pancras

Explore one of London’s largest re-development zones on this architecture photo walk that focusses on the extensive regeneration of Kings Cross and St Pancras. Previously an industrial area defined by its rail landscape and dissected by the Regent’s Canal, the space has been re-imagined as a new creative quarter. With many of its historic buildings re-purposed, we will walk through the Granary Building, visit the bustling Coal Drops Yard and find views of Gasholder Park as well as exploring the charming urban landscape of St Pancras Lock and sections of the Regents Canal.

See listing of this walk from 16 Nov 2019 at architecture.com


Corridors of the City 

Just over four decades ago, the skyscraper known as Tower 42 pushed through the height restriction on tall buildings in London. Long eclipsed, it now stands adjacent to a cluster of newer steel and glass high-rise office buildings within the dense, narrow lanes of the City of London. Commonly seen from afar, this walk explores how these tall buildings are experienced at street level, how gardens have been incorporated way above ground level and how the camera sees these corridors of glass, steel and stone. Discover the contrasts of London’s modern architecture within its historic Square Mile on a walk where buildings appear inside out, reflect each other and draw down the skies to the street at every turn.

See the listing for this walk from the 11 June 2022 at architecture.com

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