This month, I made a very conscious effort to fill my diary with architecturally related events. It was sparked by last month’s Open House London where I had the chance to visit three residential projects in the borough of Southwark. The three projects were the new housing development on Royal Road by Panter Hudspith Architects, The Courtyard House on Asylum Road by Mos Architects and 15 and a half Consort Road, which has gained notoriety through its appearance on Grand Designs.
A couple of months ago, I participated in a community led high street regeneration bid to improve our local high street in East Greenwich. The park, the riverside and the market conjure up an idyllic image of Greenwich. And so they should as they are good examples of inviting public spaces that encourage people to stay and spend time. However, beyond the centre and further east lies Trafalgar Road, the main high street and the heart of the East Greenwich community. It is a less inviting place that suffers from traffic congestion, poor air quality and shop fronts that could do with more than a lick of paint. On finding out that the Greater London Authority was opening another round of the Mayor’s High Street Fund, a match funding initiative for high street regeneration projects, the local community of East Greenwich collectively pooled its resources and ideas to prepare a video that would present its vision for how its high street could be made better.