New development in the Thames Gateway sees heritage as a way of maintaining continuity with a place’s past. But where the demands of alien scales of development are irreconcilable with historical conditions, can that sense of continuity be fabricated?
At Barking Riverside, a former landfill, any traces of archaeology that might have existed have already been erased. Yet 11,000 homes are planned for the site in the next 20 years. Finn Williams (winner of the inaugural New London Architecture Babylon:don Prize for Architecture) proposes an alternative masterplan for Barking Riverside commemorating a fictional, improved version of suburbia; a large white lie as a better precedent for future development.
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