Industry is under threat. Industrial activities are being pushed away from our cities, while many other activities traditionally servicing our city centres are being pushed into industrial areas, which are now becoming areas in which all activities that have been dismissed by our cities are packed together. Yet there is a risk that they all might be pushed further away.
Old Kent Road is one of the last industrial locations in central London, and with the publication of the Old Kent Road AAP/OAPF Opportunity area Plan, and the new Bakerloo Line tube stations proposed nearby, the plan is bringing everyone’s interest into the area. The LB Southwark Council will be presenting their two preferred options for the Old Kent Road AAP/OAPF plan in May.
The event will aim to gather neighbours, local communities, businesses, activists and different stakeholders to analyse this plan, opening a discussion about the future of the industrial activities, businesses and communities in the area, while showing some of the alternatives to the masterplan presented by architecture students from Cass Cities (MET) and Central Saint Martins (UAL).
We will start at 12pm meeting all participants at the Tustin Estate in Old Kent Road, to start an [un]guided walk towards Hatcham Road Industrial Area, where participants will get familiar with the site by following their curiosity and their senses, learning from the activities happening and the people encountered in the area.
Participants will gather at the DIY Space For London community space at 1pm, where they will be presented with a small exhibition containing the different alternative proposals by the students. Afterwards, a discussion will be opened trying to collect all possible thoughts, ideas and alternatives. Participants will be given some clues and tools as to how to make their ideas and voice count. This event is also seeking to create stronger networks between different associations and neighbours.
TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/industrial-walk-industrious-talk-tickets-24910042608?aff=ebrowse