ArchitectsE17 organised two bus tours on 8th June 2014 as part of the 2014 E17 Art Trail (whose theme this year was ‘inhabit’) and the London Festival of Architecture. The bus explored well designed modern living within our local built environment, and it’s context in East London.
See BoB’s twitter feed @eastlondonBoB for an account of the ride.
10am: Little BoB. From an appreciation of the much loved local Warner historical precedent, the bus tour took in an award winning local modern development that takes from it various queues, leaving Walthamstow to take a look at smaller new and recent residential developments on often tight and previously underused or abandoned sites in Finsbury Park, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, before heading back to Walthamstow.
2pm: Bigger BoB. From the town hall the bus visited Walthamstow town centre to discuss regeneration and town centre living, and then to larger new build projects in Bow, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. These projects typically involved significant urban intervention, new streets and public realm works.
With commentary from architects, artists and clients, the tour offered an insight into the design and construction processes, and we hope will initiate and inform discussion about housing design and the development of the built environment around us.
The tour was kindly sponsored by the RIBA Local Initiative Fund. We are also extremely grateful to those that helped on the day and with preparations beforehand, and we hope that all that joined us had a great time.
The AE17 BoB Team
(Jonathan, Eva, Roland, Tony, John, Mark, Nicola, James, Tim, Carol, Karen, Lucy.)