Trafalgar Square as imperial artefact

Trafalgar Square has been a site of national importance since the fourteenth century. Formerly a royal mews, it was not until 1843 with the erection of Nelson’s Column that it began to resemble the Square we know today. Trafalgar Square primarily serves as a commemorative space remembering various naval and military men who had roles

Community Responses to Infrastructure Projects in Notting Dale

The history of Notting Dale has been characterised by multiple large-scale infrastructure projects. Each development has inflicted acute destruction of physical space and necessitated a renegotiation of everyday life; but has also led to the creation of new communities and places, and generated senses of community through opposition to state neglect. This project therefore seeks

Architecture and commerce: Looking into the ‘past’ and ‘present’ within the spectacle of Canary Wharf; the ‘gated’ community’

The site of investigation for my palimpsest project concerns Canary Wharf, a former port which became a financial district, located within the borough of Tower Hamlets. It was historically known as the West India Docks, which underwent an economic transformation by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) in 1981. The main objective of the redevelopment

How and why the changes in Balfron Tower exemplify the changes of Britain’s attitude towards social housing.

Brutalist architectures are concrete reminders of the post-WW2 period in Britain, when local government believed in the architecture of public housing to bring about social progress. Brutalist architects stepped in to support the recovery of Britain by designing and constructing social housing estates such as Balfron Tower [image 1] in London. Although the exterior of

Social housing: dystopia or utopia? A study of Finsbury, London.

Finsbury is “crammed with history, not the history of kings and statecraft, but of the ordinary lives of ordinary people” (Tames, 1999: 7). Finsbury’s origins lie in hosting activities forbidden within the City walls. In the nineteenth and early twentieth-century poverty and overcrowding defined the area. In the twentieth-century, however, Finsbury council sought to transform

Battersea Power Station: A Site of Power and Regeneration

Occupying popular imaginaries for several decades, Battersea Power Station (BPS) has been explored from a historical perspective (Heathorn, 2013; Garner, 2008), and from the present through the ‘sublime’ (Koefoed, 2011). Instead of considering BPS across three periods – operation, abandonment, redevelopment – with bounded identities, this paper seeks to study the connections between various representations