Developing in Context Conference

Tuesday 28 July 2009

Between April and July this year, Mayor of London Boris Johnson published the draft London Plan, Draft London Housing Design Guide and London View Management Framework SPG, highlighting his and the GLA’s interest in context, sense of place and the London vernacular. This half-day conference set out to look at how these agendas will affect new development in London, and to provide an insight into how architects and developers can steer the difficult course through the issue of ‘developing in context’.

Joey Tabone (The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment), Martin Reason (GLA) and Nigel Barker (English Heritage) discussed issues of sustainability, the effect of the new London View Management Framework and the formation of principles and frameworks needed to discuss change in the historic environment, culminating in an interesting discussion about conservation training. Francis Golding also gave a fascinating insight into the Chelsea Barracks scheme, discussing the issue of contextuality and its interpretation by different people. 

Further presentations examined the new PPS15, contemporary buildings in Westminster, the use of archaeology to capture spirit of place, and the protection of twentieth century buildings.

The conference concluded with case studies of the new concourse and entrance hall at King’s Cross Station by John McAslan and Partners, designed to complement and uncover the nineteenth century structure, and the Angel Building in Islington designed by AHMM to use and extend the original frame in order to create a modern office space.

On Monday 3rd August, NLA will be continuing the debate with an NLA Nights event looking at the topic of ‘What Should London Be Made Of?’.

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