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East have won the AYA Public Realm Architect of the Year Award. Brent Cross Exploratory, for Argent Related was one of the key projects submitted, along with Bollo Lane, for TfL, and Beckenham High Street improvements, for Bromley Council.

East are shortlisted for two awards; the BD Architect of the Year Awards; Public Realm category, and the New London Awards; in the Meanwhile category.

East’s designs for the public and urban realm at Transport for London’s Bollo Lane mixed use development in Ealing have been shortlisted for three of the four categories for the London Planning Awards 2021. 

  • Award for design excellence.
  • Best use of brownfield land in placemaking.
  • Best use of publicly-owned land and/or property in placemaking.

Judith Loesing, Director at East, was chosen to be part of Hackney Council’s influential Regeneration Design Advisory Group (RDAG) over the next four years.

Experts in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape or public realm, sustainable development, construction delivery and regeneration with ‘awareness and knowledge of the borough’ were sought to help advise on the east London local authority’s future regeneration projects in November last year.

Ken Rorrison, head of regeneration strategic design at Hackney Council, said: ‘Since we launched our in-house delivery programme 10 years ago, we’ve proven that building the genuinely affordable council homes our borough needs doesn’t have to mean compromising on good design. ‘This group has a track record of designing and informing high-quality social housing in Hackney and across London, but also a wider expertise in areas of sustainability and creating non-residential spaces that will contribute towards the council’s ambitions for a more inclusive economy and a green recovery from the pandemic.’

A Design Guide ‘Expanding London’s Public Realm’ has been published by the Mayor of London; with a foreword written by Julian Lewis. Julian was part of the MDA advisor panel on the document, which was produced by DKCM as part of the Mayors Good Growth By Design Team. The document may be downloaded here

TfL’s largest development to date at Bollo Lane in Ealing has been awarded planning permission; which includes East’s designs for the public realm, landscape and community infrastructure for the 3.6 hectare project. East’s role, alongside HOK, was to provide and develop a public realm strategy aimed at shaping and bringing social identity to the linear development. The strategy takes a wider view of the area; and helps to connect and integrate the site into the wider context.

The development spans from Acton Town station to the level crossing towards Chiswick. The scheme will deliver 852 new homes for rent and sale, including 50 per cent affordable housing, as part of the Mayor’s strategy of delivering genuinely affordable homes on public land with excellent transport links. East’s detailed designs include a suite of new public spaces and community gardens at lower and upper levels, play facilities, amenities, a new public footway, and special public spaces including a new brick colonnaded ‘public viaduct’ structure that re-imagines lost historic infrastructure and creates new uses within arched spaces, public rooftop garden spaces, and a generous public terraced staircase for social activity and visibility.

Presenting Economy Class, a one-day symposium curated by Richard Hall, Senior Associate at East, next Thursday 21 January from 10am-5pm

Architecture is always an economic matter. A conscious economy of means is as essential to shaping a work of architecture as it is to the discipline’s ability to productively operate within, and contribute to, reality more broadly. This symposium is concerned with the various economies at play around and within architecture: those we are subject to and those we subject our work to. 

Examining brief making, representation, spatial clarity, housing design, construction processes, cost and quality control, value measurement and city management, the notion of economy will be framed as a contextual, conceptual, operational and, ultimately, architectural quality. Taking the pervasive doctrine of ‘more, cheaper, faster’ as a cultural backdrop, we will consider the capacity for architecture to critically and responsibly translate constraints into pleasures.

East’s contribution to the ‘Alternative Histories’ Exhibition for Drawing Matter, will soon be exhibited in Dublin at the Irish Architecture Archive (IAA). Until then, an updated web presentation on the exhibition may be seen here:

The Brent Cross Exploratory;  a public space incubator designed by East with Argent, is nearing completion.

The project is a temporary park providing an enhanced amenity for the local area, and a first step in the evolution of Brent Cross South’s open spaces. The focus of the park is play— and playfulness—for all ages, with an arrangement that places new tree planting, spaces and playful elements in surprising relationships; encouraging exploration and multiple interpretations of how the space is experienced and used, in turn informing how the public realm may evolve with its communities. (Drone footage taken by Galldris.)

Julian Lewis was invited by Drawing Matter to write about his drawing made for East’s proposals at Flevopark, in Amsterdam; included as a Drawing of the Week’ on the Drawing Matter website. (Link)