Never Mind the Bollards: Who is thinking about our streets and public spaces?

Friday 10 July 2015


Store Street South Crescent, just outside of The Building Centre

Members of the public brought their lunch to debate and heckle our public space experts – each of whom were given 15 minutes to talk about the history and design London's public spaces.

Who is thinking about our street and public spaces in new and interesting ways? Where are the design opportunities to create better spaces for Londoners?  Hear four speakers suggest new ideas and scenarios to help create better streets and public spaces for us all. 

Ross Akin, the designer of Marshalls Responsive Street furniture, will talk about his research and ideas for new smart street furniture and potential for using technology in public space design.

Makaela Gilchrist and Will Sandy from the Edible Bus Stop will talk about their practice’s design ideas to create more engaging public spaces.

Johanna Gibbons, landscape architect, will talk about Urban Minds a new app which will collect data to help increase our understanding of how the urban environment affects our mental wellbeing. She will also discuss how the results might be used to inform new design solutions.

A further speaker to be annonced...

Never Mind the Bollards, curated by public realm expert Sarah Gaventa, explores the design history and potential future of London’s public realm.

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.

This NLA installation complements the current exhibition Public London, for more information on the supporting programme of events please click here

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