Architecture photo walks

Architecture photo walks are for city explorers who want to discover the stories of different places, appreciate the architecture and make some great photographs. 

Dates for 2019 are below:

  • 23 March : Golden Lane and the Barbican full-day workshop : all details at
  • 13 April : Barbican architecture : all details at
  • 20 April : Rotherhithe - original Docklands : all details at 
  • 18 May : Poplar - Concrete Futures : all details at
  • 8 June : Kings Cross St Pancras full day workshop : all details at
  • 15 June :  Olympic Park - legacy landscape : all details at
  • 29 June : Barbican urban gardens : all details at
  • 3 August : UoL Bloomsbury campus full day workshop : all details at

Or to discuss any of the walks below, please contact me.

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 - 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 within a Conservation Area, the Balfron Tower is newly Grade II* listed and is currently being refurbished whereas Robin Hood Gardens is undergoing demolition as part of the Blackwall Reach regeneration scheme. This photo walk considers the utopian ambitions of these great social housing projects and questions 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 sustainable Park for the future, the ‘legacy’, at the same time as deliver the temporary Park that was needed for the few weeks of the Games. From the architectural legacy of the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted Lea Valley Velodrome by Hopkins Architects to the sculpted wetland bowl landscape, this walk looks at the Park as a model of sustainable urban design 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 from the Olympic Park to the Thames. The photo walk will consider the historical features of this once industrialised area as well as the emerging new landscape and make a stop at the creative community space of Cody Dock. 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.

Rotherhithe - original Docklands

The industrial wharves of Rotherhithe were some of the first in London to undergo a change to residential use. A landscape that was once full of dockyards and timber ponds remains readable on this photo walk as is the architectural legacy of the trading connections to the Baltic and Scandinavian countries. Starting at Canada Water, the walk will scale Stave Hill for spectacular views, consider the Georgian inspired modern apartments and end at historic Rotherhithe Village - a suitable place in which 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. 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 which gives the possibility of a stop to look around one of the exhibitions. 

Golden Lane Estate and the Barbican

Golden Lane and the Barbican were designed 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. Both connect to a Corbusian lineage of modernist architecture and, now listed, continue to be exemplars from a period of utopian ideals for city living. These estates are urban landscapes with housing, 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.  

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