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Ellis Woodman to curate series of talks on future of River Thames

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The AJ’s critic-at-large Ellis Woodman has curated a programme of debates on the future of the River Thames and its built environment

Part of the Old Royal Naval College’s Architecture for All programme, the panel discussions – in collaboration with the AJ’s sister title Architectural Review – will explore the topics of living, working, and building on the Thames.

Woodman said: ‘Despite the fact that the riverfront is currently the subject of redevelopment proposals of unprecedented scale, London’s ambitions for the Thames have yet to be widely articulated or debated.’

‘The Thames talks will bring together parties ranging from developers to community activists, architects to archaeologists to discuss the conflicts presented by the imminent wave of construction and the opportunities that it presents.’

Speakers at the talks will include: Jonas Lencer, studio director, de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects; John Robertson, founder, John Robertson Architects; Richard Upton, chief executive of the Cathedral Group; and Eric Sorensen, former Chief Executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation and of the London Thames Gateway project.

Living on the River - 23 October

Panel:

Anna Versteeg, independent architect and planner
Jonas Lencer, studio director of de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
John Robertson, founder, John Robertson Architects
Lee Wilshire, urban planner, Designer and Boater
Anne Lydiat, who for the past eleven years has been living and working as an artist on board a ship
ChairPhineas Harper, deputy editor, Architectural Review

Building by the River - 21 November

Panel:

Richard Upton, chief executive of The Cathedral Group
Eric Sorensen, former chief executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation and of the London Thames Gateway project
David Kohn of David Kohn Architects
Roo Angell, a leader of Sayes Court Garden Community Interest Company
Chair: Rowan Moore, architecture critic, The Observer

Working on the River - 19 December

Panel:

Professor Mark Brearley, of CASS Cities who among his many projects initiated the Mayor’s work focused on London’s high streets
Tom Holbrook, co-founder of 5th Studio, an acclaimed spatial design agency
Michael Webber, who has played a central role in the Thames Archaeological Survey
Chair: Ellis Woodman, The Telegraph, the Architectural Review and the AJ

Events will take place from 18.30-20.00 at the Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN.

 

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