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Change and the Public Good
This year’s Architecture School will examine moments of change in London that were underpinned by notions of public good.
Using the lens of urban infrastructure, civic activism and forms of architectural production, and taking in sewers, bridges and experimental business models, the three talks will explore how development for the benefit of people not profit has influenced and continues to inform the built fabric of the city.
Architectural historian Dr. Neal Shasore discusses one of the most hotly contested debates of early twentieth-century London’s development: cross-river communication. Arguments about the fate of two bridges in particular: the Hungerford Railway Bridge at Charing Cross and Waterloo Bridge, drew in a myriad of different interests and professions including The London Society which fought vigorously and imaginatively for improved amenity for Londoners.
Photo © LCC Photograph Library (Waterloo Bridge: demolition work in progress)
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