Rediscovering the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhoods – Part 1

Remember the Tower Hamlets Neighbourhoods? As an experiment in political devolution they only lasted from 1986 to 1994, so you could be forgiven for having forgotten about them. Building a sense of neighbourhood identity was an essential element of the scheme and on a crisp and cold morning in January 2017, I went on a walk around Tower Hamlets to see what remained visually of the Neighbourhoods. Given that they had been abandoned 23 years earlier, I wasn’t hopeful of finding much…

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Let’s move to Bracknell

In which I celebrate the life of one particular building. Not, I hasten to add, a masterpiece of the LCC Architects Department, or beloved public library, or brutalist municipal swimming pool. But rather a privately owned temple of consumer capitalism that is quite possibly of no architectural merit whatsoever…

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