Place-making in London's suburbs explored in new exhibition

A major exhibition from New London Architecture exploring the future of the capital's suburbs has opened this week.

London's Towns: Shaping the Polycentric City launched yesterday. Enforcing the importance of public space and place-making as the capital grows is one of the key themes of the exhibition.
The exhibition and a series of talks and conferences will examine the suburbs of London as both destinations and neighbourhoods, and the part they have played in the development of the capital.
Three half-day conferences will be held during the eight-week run of the exhibition.
The first, Developing Communities, is to be held on 9 October and will be followed on 30 October by Place-making: Creating a Destination, which features discussion on public realm strategies.
Speakers include Urbed director Nick Falk, Space Syntax associate director Dr Beatriz Campos, and Town and Country Planning Association director Gideon Amos.
5th Studio director Tom Holbrook, responsible for planning the 26-mile linear Lea River Park in Tower Hamlets and Newham will examine the role of East London as the new heart of the city with the upcoming 2012 Olympics.
A third conference, Connecting Outer London, is to be held on 4 November before the exhibition closes on 15 November.
In addition, five free breakfast briefings are being held during the exhibition, which will focus on the projects and research transforming outer London's towns, urban centres, high streets and suburbs.
The events are being held at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London. Visit www.newlondonarchitecture.org


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