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Three discussions at The Lake – free and open to all.

Hosted by SoSo and EXYZT
12th, 19th and 26th September 6.30 – 7.30pm.

Please RSVP to confirm attendance to: unionstreetlake [at] gmail.com

+ Public consultation on Lavington Ewer Great Guildford Streets

26th September 4.30 – 6.30pm
with Gort Scott, Southwark Council and Better Bankside

12th September 2013 // Why does where we work continue to matter?

The architecture of London’s Victorian warehouses reflected the wealth that international trade brought to London, but still determines much of the grain of the city that we now see as core to the character of the city fringe.

Whilst the self-contained office building still impacts our skyline, how does where we work influence our changing social fabric?  Planning policy is increasingly seeking to create places that are balanced – a balance between living and working.  Should workplaces reflect these aspirations? If access to the internet means that our work place can be anywhere, what is the relevance of office buildlings?  Can they bring social value to our cities, and how might they be delivered – market-led or using inventive and flexible planning policy?

This discussion focuses on the office space and the role architecture plays in reinforcing a corporate image or social function.  Are these approaches serving different interests?  What is the architect/developer’s responsibility to upholding a more socially responsible and balanced approach to the workplace.

Chair: Selina Mason (London Legacy Development Corporation)
Panellists: William Murray (Wordsearch), Ziona Strelitz (Design Anthropologist, strategist & author) and Roger Zogolovitch (SoSo/Lake Estates)

19th September 2013 //
Can temporary uses change the way we plan our cities?

Over the last ten years, the “pop-up” has become a popular and legitimate model for occupying unused spaces in London – pop-up restaurants and bars, galleries, public spaces – opportunities on the one-hand for squeezing commercial value out of underused properties or land, but also to bring activity and a sense of pride to undervalued places.

Centre for Cities carried out research in December 2012 in a report called Size Matters, looking at the importance of the city core for small businesses and what policies should be developed to specifically support small enterprises.

The Bankside Neighbourhood Forum is currently looking at how to accommodate a more flexible and adaptable approach to built spaces in the emerging Bankside Neighbourhood Plan.  Will temporary uses provide a solution and what principles could be adopted by the Plan?

The roots of pop-up activities will provide the context for this debate.  This session will discuss the future of temporary uses, their relevance in planning policy and their role in supporting the introduction of small, creative enterprises in Central London.
Chair: Andreas Lang (Public Works)
Panellists include: Sara Muzio (EXYZT) and Finn Williams (Common Office)

26th September 2013 // Doing development the Bankside way

It could be argued that a council’s role is to safeguard the long term future of its communities.  Southwark Council has been demonstrating this approach for some time by bringing culture to the forefront of the borough’s presence in central London and, working with charities and the private sector, rehabilitating the character of places such as Bankside, with huge success.

Connecting historic and cultural assets such as Borough Market, the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern through high quality public realm interventions has been the aim of key landowners, tenants and organisations  such as Better Bankside, Bankside Residents’ Forum, Bankside Open Spaces Trust and the Bankside Neighbourhood Forum.  Partnerships between the public, private and third sector are forging a common vision for the future of the area through initiatives like Bankside Urban Forest, the Bankside Neighbourhood Plan and Edible Bankside.

This discussion explores the wider benefits that collaborations can bring to an area and highlights some of the innovations that this way of working has created, and whether this more localised approach provides a viable alternative to speculative development.
Chair: Fred Manson (Heatherwick Studios)
Panellists include: Cllr Adele Morris (Southwark Council), Tim Wood (Bankside Open Spaces Trust), Roger Zogolovitch (SoSo/Lake Estates)

Prior to this session, from 4.30 – 6.30pm, Gort Scott, working with Southwark Council, Better Bankside and other local partners, will run a public consultation event discussing the latest public realm proposals for the Lavington Ewer Great Guildford Streets project.