Brutalist London Map, the first of a new series of architecture guides produced in collaboration with the Twentieth Century Society, is now available.
This two-sided folding map features over fifty leading examples of Brutalist architecture in London, from the Alexandra Road Estate to World’s End Housing. Celebrated Brutalist buildings such as the Trellick Tower, the Barbican and the National Theatre are included along with lesser known, yet equally influential buildings. The reverse side of the map features an introduction to Brutalism by the Twentieth Century Society’s Henrietta Billings, photos by Simon Phipps and details about each building.
THE PARK OPENING EVENT
On Thursday 3rd of September 2015 residents together with the Mayor of Camden officially reopened the newly restored park. Residents, Camden officials, local youth clubs, representatives of the Big Lottery Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, members of the Alexandra and Ainsworth regeneration project team, Janet Jack the landscape architect behind the original design of the A&A park and Neave Brown the architect of the A&A estate, all attended the opening event.
Celebrations included speeches from our residents, as well as an interesting speech about the Heritage Lottery fund from Blondel Cluff, chair of HLF London and an inspiring speech from our Mayor who then cut the ribbon with special ceremonial scissors! Celebrations continued with music and songs by young, as well as very young, residents and youth groups, delicious food and refreshments, healthy ‘urban smoothies’, face painting, balloon modelling and of course enjoying the beautifully restored park spaces…
….and the Alexandra Road Park inspired delicious cakes
National Trust celebrates 1960s brutalist architecture
Routemaster bus tours led by architectural and cultural experts, aboard the National Trust’s 1962 Routemaster Coach, explore the emergence and development of Brutalism in the city.
Beginning at Southbank Centre with the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery and Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre, the itinerary includes the ‘other’ Festival of Britain site, the Lansbury Estate, the Barbican Estate by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, Neave Brown’s Alexandra Road Estate, and concludes at Ernö Goldfinger’s iconic Trellick Tower. The tour on Saturday 26 September is led by Tom Cordell, film-maker and expert on social architecture and modernism, and director of Utopia London, and Joe Watson, London Creative Director, National Trust and author of the guidebook accompanying the Brutalist Britain project.The tour on Saturday 3 October is led by Joe Kerr, Head of Critical & Historical Studies at Royal College of Art, a noted writer and broadcaster on architecture and urbanism, and a part-time London bus driver.
Event: Brutal Utopias by Routemaster Dates: Saturday 26 September and Saturday 3 October Times: 10.30–16.30 (17.30 for drop-off at Southbank Centre) Tickets: £35 (adult), £30 (concession)
5th Anniversary of documentary film made by residents about Rowley Way
In May 2010 the Tricycle Cinema hosted the premier of “One Below the Queen”, the documentary film made by a group of residents on the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate. The atmosphere in the cinema was wonderful, full of residents, fans of the estate, and with special guest Neave Brown, the much loved architect of the estate. The film was followed by a Q&A with the film makers and Neave.
The film was made by an intergenerational group of residents working with digital-works staff, an arts and educational charity, one of whom actually lived on the estate. The idea was that residents themselves would make the film which explores what the estate is, the ideas behind it, and the experience of living here. After a series of workshops and discussions, including a memorable meeting with Neave Brown, the group of 17 learned film making skills, developed interview questions, then went out and filmed interviews with fellow residents, architect Neave Brown, also the original engineer and landscape designer Janet Jack. Everything you see was run by residents, even the music was composed and recorded on the estate by resident and musician Huck Whitney.
With 35 interviews conducted in homes across the estate, the final film is an honest snapshot of the estate, the loves and hates of residents, the ideas of the architect, what works in his innovative design, what has not worked so well. The film was greeted with great reviews across the press and has been shown at film and design festivals across the UK.
It’s interesting to watch it again now, five years later with the big changes in the use of the Tenants Hall as well as the residents led re-vamp of the park on the estate. Also to see the children, many of whom are now young adults, and recognise old faces.