Cass Research Seminar – Regeneration and London's Lost Industry
Regeneration and London's Lost Industry by Juliet Davis and Jane Clossick
These presentations show the lost and soon-to-be lost industrial life of the 2012 Olympic Games site and of the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. Juliet Davis will be discussing issues of regeneration relating to industrial areas of London with Cass Cities’ Jane Clossick. Juliet is Reader in Architecture and Urbanism at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. She completed her PhD on planning London’s Olympic urban legacy at the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme in 2011. Jane is a lecturer in urban design at The Cass, and is head of MA Architecture and Urbanism. She explores urban depth, London industrial accommodation and high streets with the Cass Cities team.
Juliet Davis: Dispersal: picturing urban change in East London
Davis is author of a recent book, Dispersal: Picturing Urban Change in East London, produced in conjunction with photographers Marion Davies and Debra Rapp. This focuses on the dispersal of industries from the 2012 Olympic Games site in East London, encompassing accounts of the process of the site’s compulsory purchase and of resettling and adapting to change between 2006 and 2015. The site’s earliest industry dates from medieval times, though the early nineteenth century marks the start of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation. In 2005, it accommodated more than 200 businesses, yet was represented as a wasteland. Industrial uses indeed were seen as the antithesis of what regeneration would involve and bring to East London. What were these industries? Why were they there? Where did they go? What have been the consequences of dispersal, both for particular businesses and for industry in East London more generally? In addressing these questions, the book offers a new view of the site’s history and pre-Olympic landscape, and it also uncovers an under-explored aspect of London’s Olympic legacy and of wider patterns of contemporary urban regeneration.
Jane Clossick: We are not nothing: High streets aren't brownfield
The Old Kent Road Opportunity Area in Southwark is described as a "source of brownfield land" (London.gov.uk 2018), despite being home to over 1,000 businesses. In this presentation, Clossick will present Cass Cities’ knowledge, gathered over two years, of the businesses in the Opportunity Area and its locality and argue that the land is far from brownfield. She will also discuss her PhD research into Tottenham High Road. She will outline the planning policy changes which will enable residential development to occur on the land presently occupied by industrial accommodation and raise ethical questions about this kind of residential-led regeneration pursued for the Old Kent Road by Southwark Council and across London. She will consider the consequences of London plan and borough-level Opportunity Area policy in terms of loss of urban depth and richness of the urban fabric at a London-wide scale. Finally, she will present some alternative ideas, generated by Cass Cities students and for built projects, for how industrial areas can be intensified rather than denuded, and how policy could support London’s local economies.
Cass Research Seminar series
Wednesday 1 November, 2pm
The Death and Life of Public Streets, a lecture by Dr Agustina Martire.
Thursday 2 and Friday 3 November, 10am-6pm
What makes a good mixed use street? How can good streets be represented beyond the usual tools?
Organised by Dr Jane Clossick
Cass Research Seminars are a series of public conversations which enable researchers to test and present their ideas in conversation with peers and a broader audience.
Monday 20 November 2017 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Matthew Barac and Paulo Moreira will speak on the topic of informal architecture in African cities.
Monday 27 November 2017 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
A PechaKucha night on the topic of Making/Drawing as Research Method.
Monday 4 December 2017 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
PechaKucha night: Picking a Research Topic.
Monday 22 January 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Networks of Making and Habitation, two presentations from Lewis Jones and Mikey Baldwin.
Monday 29 January 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
An Architecture of Relationships, a presentation by Unit 10 leader and Head of School of Architecture Signy Svalastoga.
Monday 5 February 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Urban planning and architectural historian Juliet Davis will be discussing issues of regeneration relating to industrial areas of London with Cass Cities’ Jane Clossick.
Monday 12 February 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Businesses can reside in all types of buildings, both Frances Holliss and Mark Brearley research the accommodation needed by businesses of different types.
Monday 26 February 2018 at 6.30pm, in room GSG-15A
PhD students Torange Khonsari (Architecture) and Marie Brenneis (Art), speaking about An Alternative to Globalised Austere Architecture.
Monday 5 March 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
J Benedict Brown, S Denicke-Polcher, M Barac and D Warren will each give a short presentation on their ideas about education, pedagogy and research, with a focus on architecture.
Monday 12 March 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
The Architecture of Autonomy: Threats and Opportunities in Industrial Places.
Monday 19 March 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
Cass PhD students’ progress submission presentations by Asif Din (Architecture) Annisa Jabbour (Architecture).
Monday 9 April 2018 at 6.30pm, in GSG-15A
In this twelfth Cass Research Seminar Rut Blees Luxemburg and Patrick Lynch will consider the problems of dwelling, aesthetic value and city participation.