North London Architecture Cycle Tour - Saturday 22 August 2020 11am
Join Open House for a ‘ride out’ exploring the architecture of North London’s landmark public housing estates on a socially-distanced cycle tour
Led by up-and-coming architectural designers Aidan Hall and Rosalind Peebles, this socially-distanced bicycle tour will visit iconic residential developments from the golden era of public sector house building design.
Providing a safe and fun way for enthusiastic urbanists to explore the city in our post-pandemic era, the North London Architecture Cycle Tour is part of a new series celebrating the very best of public housing design across the four corners of the capital.
Focussing on the most visually-striking and memorable modernist achievements of progressive boroughs in north, south, east and west London – the cycle tours will show how spacious design, health and quality of life are once again in the spotlight as our city moves forward out of lockdown.
Using live audio and image sharing, participants will use their smart phones to discover the extraordinary stories of diverse and previously overlooked architects who brought a fresh wave of talent and ambition to the design of public housing.
Highlights of the northern tour will include Highgate New Town designed by Hungarian architect Peter Tábori, Mansfield Road in Gospel Oak, the unreservedly modernist Dunboyne Road Estate (Fleet Road) and Winscome Terrace - the first independent work by the architect Neave Brown.
The 1960s and 1970s Camden Architects' Department is renowned for its bold and innovative approach to public housing design, and across north London these unique locations will be brought to life – to reveal the fascinating details behind their construction during a moment of unparalleled optimism and idealism for the future.
Using live audio and image sharing, participants will use their smart phones to discover the extraordinary stories of Camden’s progressive architects’ department under Sydney Cook - with work by Neave Brown, Benson & Forsyth and Peter Tábori – who brought a fresh wave of talent and ambition to the design of public housing.
Meet: 11am outside Crick’s Corner coffee shop, 80 Dartmouth Park Hill, Highgate N19 5HU. Duration: 2 hours approx. Tour ends south of Hampstead Heath. Cost £12.50 / £9.50 concessions. (students/unemployed/furloughed etc)
For a concession ticket please add full price ticket to your basket and enter CONCESSION at the checkout
Route: This challenging but rewarding route – including several up and downhill sections – will be tackled at a gentle pace. Participants must be competent riders; bring their own bicycle, a fully charged smart phone with internet connection, and headphones; and remember to stay at least two metres apart from each other where required.
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