A workshop engaging with the public to redesign London was just one of the many exciting free events happening during Last Tuesday at the RIBA…
Masterplanning isn’t just for planners, it affects us all, so it’s vital that everyone takes an interest. Using the River Thames as the main natural feature, and the boundaries of the boroughs as the man-made divisions, the scene was set for members of the public at the RIBA to reshape London – on paper at least.
Mumbai was the theme of the seasonal Last Tuesday, the RIBA’s special evening of live music, free talks, tours and exhibitions. That evening’s Mumbai to London Mishmash workshop had participants inspired by examples of masterplans for Mumbai, Chandigarh and London from the RIBA’s collections at the British Architectural Library and to get designing on a big scale.
The participants’ creative – and sometimes humorous – designs stole some of the limelight from the images in the RIBA’s collections. Designs included new transport links, additional green spaces and facilities such as areas for reading and partying. The sometimes shocking ideas from history seen in some items in the collections to reshape cities like London were matched by the boldness and ingenuity of the work made during the workshop. It’s an indication that the public can and must contribute to the debate about how our cities and towns are being planned.
The next Last Tuesday event takes place in spring 2014, coinciding with the opening of the RIBA’s new gallery at 66 Portland Place. For more architectural events at the RIBA, including workshops for children and young students in August (online booking essential), check What’s On.
Thanks to the workshop participants and to everyone who came to Last Tuesday for making it such a great evening!
Unless stated, all images © Wilson Yau / RIBA, British Architectural Library