East London Green Grid
Mark Brearley has been involved with the processes of urban change in London for 25 years and a major interest has been public space and the city’s outdoors. He has argued for recognition that parks and green spaces are not just a passive amenity but a subtle topography of settings that carry strong individual and communal identity. Action is needed to enable fuller popular use of this topography and that a richer culture of these spaces could be nurtured through simple means.
Brearley’s approach involves exploring and understanding, recognising assets and opportunities. It then moves on to the slow process of advocating action, building momentum, forming plans, realising projects and popularising places. The justification for all this is simple - these places have been neglected, but they deserve care, they have wonderful assets, and they should be adjusted and made visible so that more people can enjoy them.
The Green Grid initiative started in 2006, with the most focused work carried out from 2008 onwards. In 2012 the Green Grid concept was incorporated in the London Plan through a supplementary planning guidance document, and in 2013 the first tranche of stand-alone mayoral funding for project delivery was introduced. The initiative is ongoing.
The Green Grid brought together a complex collaboration between numerous stakeholders including: London’s borough councils, Thames Gateway London Partnership, the Thames Gateway regeneration partnerships, Environment Agency, Natural England, Greater London Authority, London Development Agency, Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). A large number of projects have been progressed. Alongside the works at Rainham, other notable examples are the Lea River Park, the Walthamstow Wetlands, Ravensbourne Valley improvements and Fairlop Plain.
Recent news from The Cass
2 September to 5 November 2017
Major new initiative by artist(s) / The Cass Fine Art Professor(s) Bob and Roberta Smith will raise awareness of the importance of arts education.
Architecture Research Unit at The Cass present a new series of evening lectures by high-profile international practitioners
East End pub becomes an art gallery, launching series of pop-up exhibitions by first year Fine Art students
Anne Karpf was invited to discuss the week’s events and news on the BBC World Service’s Weekend programme.
A new exhibition featuring work from award-winning architects who teach at The Cass explores the relationship between teaching and practice.
Second year undergraduate architecture students participated in a 4 day 1:1 making workshop at Mudchute Farm.
Musarc, one of the UK's most progressive choral ensembles which is based at The Cass, have featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Choir.
Theatre and Performance launch exciting partnership with InTRANSIT and student creates short film to document Living Theatre visit.
8-31 March 2017
Photography exhibition in Cass Foyer Gallery for Women's History Month features recently recovered images of The Brady Girls Club.
Play by London Met lecturer weaves together true and fictional tales of British colonialism and its legacy to mark 70 years of India’s independence.
Cass Senior Lecturer exhibits work at Galleria Civica Cavour, Padua.
Fashion designers of the future showcase their designs in third annual fashion show.
23 March 2017
Public lecture by Aleks Catina explores the problem of irony in architecture.
Until Saturday 4 March 2017
The latest exhibition in The Cass Foyer Gallery features new work by postgraduate photography students.
Two works by London Met tutors shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects 2017 awards.