Architecture photo walks

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

Dates for 2019 are below:

  • 23 March : Golden Lane and the Barbican full-day workshop : all details at architecture.com
  • 13 April : Barbican architecture : all details at barbican.com
  • 20 April : Canada Water to Rotherhithe : all details at architecture.com 
  • 18 May : Poplar - Concrete Futures : all details at barbican.com
  • 8 June : Kings Cross St Pancras full day workshop : all details at architecture.com
  • 15 June :  Olympic Park - legacy landscape : all details at architecture.com
  • 29 June : Barbican urban gardens : all details at barbican.com
  • 28 September: Barbican photo challenge - all details at barbican.com
  • 9 November: details to come

If you aren't able to book on one of the walks above then have a look through the options below and click through to see more photos from the walk. Then please contact me if you would like to find out more or discuss a potential group booking.

East Village - residential regeneration

Discover London’s newest postcode, E20, and see the legacy of new homes since the 2012 Games. The accommodation blocks for 23000 athletes and officials have been transformed into over 2800 homes at East Village and the first phase of another 800 new homes are also now underway at nearby Chobham Manor. Explore this residential regeneration, how it connects with the Olympic Park and see how a range of different architectural practices re-imagined the London mansion block style. Bring your camera for a fascinating tour of London’s newest neighbourhood.

Poplar - Brutalist housing

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. 

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. 

The Leaway - urban connections

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.

Canada Water and Rotherhithe:  

The industrial wharves of Rotherhithe were some of the first in London to undergo a change to residential use.  We will walk through what is now a largely residential area but which was formerly full of dockyards and timber ponds with trading connections to the Baltic and Scandinavian countries. Starting at Canada Water the walk will scale Stave Hill for spectacular views to Canary Wharf, find Georgian inspiration on the longest street in London and end at Rotherhithe Village - a suitable place to enjoy some well-earned refreshment.

Deptford Creekside - conservation and culture

The area of Deptford Creekside was granted conservation status in 2012 and has considerable architectural interest whether historic or contemporary and from housing to industrial. Starting at Cutty Sark, this photo walk considers the importance of culture as a starter for regeneration and visits the Laban Dance Centre by Herzog and de Meuron which is both a RIBA Stirling Prize winning building and the world's largest purpose built dance centre. Creekside is also a location for artists studios and has two galleries giving the possibility of a stop to look around one of the exhibitions. 

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.  

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, find views of Gasholder Park and visit the bustling Coal Drops Yard before exploring the new architecture and the sustainable ideas at the Skip Garden.


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