The Forgotten Spaces London mapping events explored different approaches to imagining 'forgotten spaces'. The aim of the workshops was to stimulate innovative entries to the competition and encourage participants to bring their professional skills together with insights from grassroots approaches to regeneration.
Using maps of the local area, digital cameras and notebooks, attendees were tasked to investigate the local area on foot/bicycle and document potential in the nearby area before returning to work in groups and brainstorm what interventions might be made to improve nearby spaces.
Supported and enabled through the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Croydon.
WEST: East Acton workshop
Wednesday 16 March 14.30–17.00
Old Oak Centre, 76 Braybrook St, London W12 0AP
Representatives from Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council provided an overview of future development in the borough. Six sites were highlighted and attendees were split into groups to investigate nearby spaces, that included:
1. Old Oak Common
2. Wormwood Scrubs
3. Wood Lane
4. The Canal
6. Shepherds Bush Market
Using maps, digital cameras and notebooks, attendees had one hour to explore sites 1, 2, 3 and 5. The groups reconvened to brainstorm ideas for improvement and assess key aspects of their site and suggest proposals.
SOUTH: Croydon workshop
Saturday 19 March 11.00–13.30
The Clocktower, Katharine St, Croydon CR9 1ET
Vincent Lacovara of Croydon Borough Council gave an overview of recent and future plans for the borough and attendees were split into working groups with each tasked with exploring one of five sites:
1. Forgotten Heritage – Old Town
3. Carparks (various sites)
4. Stanhope meanwhile site
5. Vacant shops and offices
Using a variety of media the groups had an hour to go out and explore the very different town centre sites. They reconvened to workshop ideas and formulate proposals. Each group made a brief presentation of the ideas generated providing quick drawings and plans.
Forgotten Spaces London is supported by a new 2011 mapping site provided by Ordnance Survey. It supports the competition by providing you with an accurate resource to find and plot sites in the capital. You can start submitting speculative sites straight away and use to generate exact co-ordinates required for your final submission.
Forgotten Spaces London OS Mapping site