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AF roadshow to exhibit its Tower Hamlets proposals

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The Architecture Foundation Roadshow, which first pulled up in London's Tower Hamlets last autumn, will exhibit its designs for under-used sites in the borough next week.

Four proposals have emerged from a detailed consultation process between architects and locals. Designers used workshops and school visits to look at the lack of community facilities.

The proposals include a new estate footbridge to cross the Grand Union Canal to the local Victoria Park, by Adams & Sutherland Architects, which evolved from a design festival day on the Wellington Estate where children painted a 30m picture of canal life, and which is part-funded by the Peabody Trust. School workshops with map drawing and model bridges ensured that the project drew together the estate and park and improved the Canal Club community centre.

Penoyre & Prasad brainstormed locals about ideas of home and domesticity for a community centre on the Teviot Estate.

De Rijke Marsh Morgan came up with a masterplan for Watney Street in Shadwell, which transforms an abandoned open space into a tree-lined avenue with a clear view to dlr stations and rejuvenated shopping areas.

Kinnear Landscape Architects presented a billboard of ideas on how to improve Whitechapel Road. with proposals including off-street play areas, a revitalised market with new stall designs, and new schemes for parking, traffic control and street lighting.

Tower Hamlets described the urban design strategies as visionary, and was confident that the proposals would be implemented within two years. Richard Caborn, the minister for regions, regeneration and planning, has said the roadshow approach could be adopted by the government as a role model for the country.

The exhibition, 'Up Your Street', is on show at Spitalfields Market from 11-31 January. It is the first stage of a lengthy debriefing exercise which includes a public meeting on 25 January. Speakers will include Lord Rogers and Richard Burdett at the London School of Economics.

Edward Cullinan will also preside over a panel to look at the ideas of 140 children from a young persons' design forum.

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