Never Mind the Bollards: Curator-led tour with Sarah Gaventa

Friday 10 July 2015

09:00-09:30 (registration from 08:45)

Store Street South Crescent, just outside The Building Centre

Sarah Gaventa, the curator, led a tour of Never Mind the Bollards that will discuss: why do bollards look like cannons? What do all those manholes actually cover? How do London’s Plane trees help improve our streets? And how do we make better streets for all?

Store Street South Crescent, like most old public spaces, contains a range of jetsam and flotsam of street furniture and other elements - bollards that are now superfluous but remain like grave markers, a patchwork of surfaces, manhole covers and blister paving, historic cobbles, telephone boxes, signs and magnificent Plane trees.

Members of the public joined Sarah Gaventa to learn more about the social design history and meaning of elements in our public spaces we walk by and over everyday - what do they do? Who designed them and when/why?

For more information on the Never Mind the Bollards programme of events please click here. This NLA installation complements the current exhibition Public London.

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