We Love Store Street

Saturday 26 June – Sunday 4 July 2010

NLA has transformed Store Street's South Crescent into a pop-up 'pocket' park for one week from Friday 25 June - Saturday 3 July as part of the Love Your Street programme of the London Festival of Architecture.

The park has been designed by Moxon Architects and incorporates temporary structures by local engineers Price & Myers and Ramboll as well as temporary planting from Pocket Habitat. An outdoor exhibition tells the story of Store Street, drawing on the history of the street and the ambition its various stakeholders have for it, including the City of London, LB Camden, The Bedford Estate and Gardiner & Theobald.

A week-long programme of free public events include morning and afternoon tai chi, lunchtime 'soapbox talks' in Price & Myer's Hy-Pavilion, weekend theatre from RADA, dance workshops, ad hoc picnics and Ramboll's Carbon Cube which invites the public to pledge to reduce their carbon footprints.

SATURDAY 26 JUNE

- Free Theatre Workshops by RADA
11.30am - 12.15pm
1.30pm - 2.15pm
4.30pm - 5.15pm

Learn more about your body and voice and how to use them. Through a series of fun theatre-based exercises including an actor’s vocal warm-up and tongue twisters, you will explore how to develop your voice. Looking at body language, you will explore how to give the best first impression. A fun and energetic workshop for all ages. 

- Free Big Dance Workshop
3.00pm - 3.45pm

Learn the dance for the Big World Dance taking place on 10 July, when thousands of people will transform central London into a giant open air stage for an unmissable, show stopping dance on a gigantic scale, with the start line at Southbank Centre and the finishing line at Trafalgar Square.

WEEKDAYS (Monday 28 June - Friday 2 July)

- Free Tai Chi 
Monday 10-11am and 5.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 10-11am and 5.30-6.30pm
Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm
Thursday 10-11am and 5.30-6.30pm
Friday 10-11am and 5.30-6.30pm

- Lunchtime Soapbox Talks 
From 1.00pm-1.30pm each day

Come and listen as speakers take their place on NLA's soapbox within the Price & Myers pavilion, each presenting their views on improving London's streets and urban realm. Feel free to sit on the grass and bring a picnic from 1.00-1.30pm each weekday lunchtime.

Monday: London's Great Outdoors

Over the next three years, the Mayor will be investing in over 50 public space projects in London. Hear from Cllr Daniel Moylan, chair of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel about the Mayor's ambitions for streets, public realm, and green and water spaces in the city. With Cllr Daniel Moylan TfL and Tony Burton, Civic Voice

Tuesday: We Love Store Street

Hear from the local organisations behind the transformation of the South Crescent of Store Street into a temporary pocket park. With Tim Lucas, Price and Myers, Ben Addy, Moxon Architects and Yanchee Lau, Ramboll

Wednesday: My Favourite Public Space

Hear from architects and designers on their favourite public spaces in London. With Siobhan Wyatt, Gardiner and TheobaldAndrew Pryke, Capita Architecture and Dexter Moren, Dexter Moren Associates

Thursday: One Way Streets

One-way streets, such as those along Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street have turned into dangerous bottlenecks, reflecting the dominance of the car and the failed go-faster policies of the traffic engineers. Hear about plans to create a more pedestrian- and cycle-friendly part of the city around Tottenham Court Road. With Eugene Dreyer, Terry Farrell and Partners and Peter Murray, NLA

Friday: Greening the City

Only a third of London is urban, with the capital supporting a huge variety of habitats, species, natural landscapes and urban green spaces. How can we protect our green assets? And how can small interventions encourage more biodiversity, habitats and green spaces across London? With Sarah Gaventa, CABE Space, Dominic Coath, Natural England and Sarah Cary, British Land

SATURDAY 3 JULY

- Free Open-Air Theatre by RADA
Othello - 12.30pm - 2pm
Macbeth - 3.00pm - 4.30pm
A Midsummer Night's Dream - 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Come and watch the stars of tomorrow perform a series of popular Shakespeare plays, shortened and adapted as part of RADA’s education and outreach programme. Performances consist of excerpts from RADA’s current second year productions and are hosted by the directors of the show who will offer their insights into the creative process.

- Free Big Dance Workshop
4.45pm - 5.30pm

Learn the dance for the Big World Dance taking place on 10 July, when thousands of people will transform central London into a giant open air stage for an unmissable, show stopping dance on a gigantic scale, with the start line at Southbank Centre and the finishing line at Trafalgar Square.

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Location:
NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

Price:
Free Entry

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NLA and the Building Centre

Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

We are closed on Sundays, Bank Holidays, Easter Saturday and for the Christmas period from 24th December to the first working weekday of January.

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