Fumihiko Maki of Maki and Associates, 2018
Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, N1C 4DN
The life cycle of London’s landscape starts with history. History becomes an integral part of it from the very inception of its design, enriched through construction, and expands even after the building’s completion. As architectural landscapes are repurposed for contemporary needs, they continue to respond to challenges and stigmas of marginalised communities. Join us on Saturday 9th September (11am-1pm) to discuss what happens when people inhabit landscapes and new communities emerge. As landscapes mature, we are given a choice: to ignore or embrace what came before. What happens when the histories of these communities are neglected?
King's Cross St. Pancras
91, 73, 63, 476, 46, 390, 30, 259, 214, 205, 17
The life cycle of London’s landscape starts with history. History becomes an integral part of it from the very inception of its design, enriched through construction, and expands even after the building’s completion.
As people inhabit the landscape, new communities emerge. Over time, the landscape responds to the challenges and stigmas of these communities. Sections of landscape are repurposed for contemporary needs.
As landscapes mature, we are faced with a choice: to either disregard or embrace its historical essence.
UNMASKING LONDON’S HISTORY: Neglecting Histories, Neglecting Communities
How does hiding the true history of London through changing the landscape affect communities?
Curated by Khaira
REDEFINING COLLECTIVE RESILIENCE: Community Spaces Amidst London’s Urban Landscape
How do communities preserve and adapt to the changing London landscape?
Curated by Lena
BEYOND BARRIERS: Bridging Hearts and Cultures
How to prevent stigmas against communities within the London Landscape?
Curated by Lamis
TAKING UP SPACE: The 46% Percent
How to accommodate communities from different backgrounds within the London landscape?
Curated by Fiona
SPACE VERSUS PLACE: The Evolving Meaning of London’s Landscape
How does the meaning of buildings within the London landscape change overtime?
Curated by Natalia Augustynowicz
‘The Life Cycle of London’s Landscape’ is part of the City Curator’s programme, which aims to amplify the voice of young people within the Open House Festival 2023. The project brings together 15 young people who will work and learn as festival curators, deciding on themes and areas of London they are interested in and want to celebrate. The Open House Festival 2023 is a two-week celebration of London’s homes, architecture and neighbourhoods. For 30 years, we have opened-up London’s best known buildings, as well as some of its best kept secrets, to a wider audience. The festival is a chance to share and champion what’s special to us for others to explore and learn from.
library, education, garden, walk/tour, gallery, public realm/landscape, online
The Aga Khan Centre, designed by Pritzker prize winning architect Fumihiko Maki, houses the UK institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network. A unique feature are its six gardens inspired by different regions of the Muslim world.
Fumihiko Maki of Maki and Associates, 2018
public realm/landscape, walk/tour, mixed use
King's Cross is a 67 acre development in Central London being transformed into a new city quarter with 20 regenerated heritage buildings, new homes, offices, public spaces, shops, galleries, bars, restaurants, schools and a university.
Townshend Landscape Architects, 2012
The King’s Cross Masterplan established a framework for the incremental redevelopment of this industrial heritage site through a mix of uses and a network of public spaces structuring new urban blocks and knitting the site into its context.
Allies and Morrison, Porphyrios Associates, 2007
Come inside Hayhurst & Co’s intricate, light-filled building, bursting with architectural ideas and extraordinary spatial events to hear how it’s rooted in a coherent educational ethos – and empathy with young children.
Hayhurst & Co, 2021
residence, hotel, transport, walk/tour
Former Midland Grand Hotel, now St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chambers apartments. Includes hotel lobby and clock tower.
Sir George Gilbert Scott, 1868
walk/tour, public realm/landscape, religious, library
A tour of one of the largest and best preserved early Victorian squares and gardens in London, also with a magnificent and original public library of 1906, which shows Byzantine and Art Nouveau influences, and a remarkable Gothic church.
John Johnson, Arthur Beresford Pite and others, Francis Newman, Joseph Kay, 1846
Drop in / Guided tour
event, walk/tour, gallery, art studio, museum, community/cultural
A great little museum set in the Grade 2 listed Ossulston Estate - a prime example of pre-war Social housing - based on Karl Marz Hof in Vienna. Open Wednesdays to Saturdays throughout Festival Sunday 11th Event
G Topham Forest, 1927
public realm/landscape, walk/tour
A walk to highlight public realm improvements in Camden and the new traffic-free piazza in the Strand. The walk follows a https://footways.london/ route along attractive,low pollution streets, and end with a visit to St Mary le Strand
Many, including Scott, Hodgkinson, Soane, Hardwick, Lutyens, Inigo Jones (attributed), Gibbs, Wren and Chambers
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