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
Introduction In June 1944, beneath the streets of Clapham, Clapham South Deep Level Shelter opened its doors to the people of London as they sought shelter from the ruins of London above ground. In 2018 the shelter is used as the site of the Transport Museums Hidden London ‘Subterranean Clapham’ tour. In the space of
The London Underground serves a vital role for life in the city. Life, in this sense, can be understood both as a way of life, in this case a means of public transportation, but also by its intrinsic meaning, namely the organic state of being alive that distinguishes living organisms from inanimate matter1. If London
‘London as body’ “Some people think London is one thing and the underground is another, but in fact the underground is London. It’s the only thing holding it together.” – (Andrew Martin, 2000). The Underground is one of the most valuable, fundamental spaces in London. Just like the veins in our body, without which our
London as a Palimpsest through ‘urban regeneration’ Discovering using the case of Docklands and Canary Wharf Britain is one of the precursors of industrial revolution and at the same time one of the first countries to urbanize throughout history, encountering earliest urban issues such as ‘deindustrialization’ and urban decay. Since the 1950s, London has explored
I first learnt about King’s Cross in the teenage novel Harry Potter. It was my first impression of London: a historical and grand train station with steam powered trains coming in and out every day. It was a dream-like image. I moved into a small apartment in King’s Cross in my second year. I still
Being as the capital and the most populous city of England for over 800 years, London was absolutely a city full of culture and history. It is definitely the heart of United Kingdom and serves as a representation of the shifting social paradigm in the historical and contemporary world. River Thames, the well-known river that sit across London since the
I always bring my books to hospital appointments. Or my readings. The words are meant to distract from the bright white paint, the arguments at the reception desk, the rattling wheelchairs, the supportive relatives; but they rarely work. Instead, I sit and watch people experiencing the same building, rooms and walls in completely different ways.