Date and time: 24 November 2008, 3pm – 6.30pm
Venue: St Hilda's Community Centre, London, E2 7EY
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is to host its final Building Futures Game event of 2008, this time heading to East London for a community-based event on the future of Shoreditch.
Working with OPEN Shoreditch (the Organisation for the Promotion of Environmental Needs), the local community group behind the 'Save Shoreditch' campaign, the Game enables residents and businesses to build an alternative vision for this contested area of the capital.
Over the last ten years, Shoreditch has established itself as London's creative hub, characterised by an eclectic mix of studios, galleries, independent shops, bars and restaurants. Its proximity to the Square Mile also means that it is well placed for expansion. However the numerous development plans for new buildings and businesses have been hotly contested by the local community. One key area of debate is the proposed development of medium to high-rise towers on the City Fringe site at Bishopsgate.
The Building Futures Game presents an accessible and innovative new approach to tackling the big issues involved in town planning and development. The event with OPEN Shoreditch will seek to address the challenges of large scale development in Shoreditch, by creating a community based plan. Outcomes will seek to protect local character, advance the needs of business and residential communities, promote diversity and a sustainable future.
Tamsie Thomson , Head of Building Futures at RIBA said:
"This is an area of London facing some great challenges as to the way it moves forward. Many groups want to be part of change in Shoreditch. We have seen recently how large scale development might affect the area; this event seeks an alternative vision from a community perspective."
Rebecca Collings, Co-chair, OPEN and the 'Save Shoreditch' campaign said:
"We relish the opportunity to come up with a positive vision. A vision that retains what we value from the area's diverse past, which also embraces the best of the new. A coherent masterplan for the area, that manages change for the better."