Walks

Bastion House and the Museum of London, due to be demolished to make way for an office block

Join us for two walks in June as part of the London Festival of Architecture:
MELTING CITY – debating how the City of London and businesses in the Square Mile are acting on retrofit* and climate emergency

A resident-led walking tour that invites participants to discuss:
• how to deal with embodied carbon and poorly insulated housing
• who decides – residents or businesses on what is built and what is demolished?

The route:
• Grade II listed Golden Lane Estate, in need of insulation.
• Barbican Estate, described by Barnabas Calder as ‘….the architecture of fossil fuels at its glorious best…..’**
• The Museum of London and Bastion House – fifty-year old buildings due to be demolished and at the centre of a major dispute about embodied carbon
• Guildhall to the site of the ‘Tulip’ viewing tower – refused planning permission by Secretary of State Michael Gove on grounds of sustainability

This walk, led by Paul Lincoln, Golden Lane resident and City of London guide, is a work in progress which will be developed over the next few months building on contributions made during the event.

The walks are free but require registration in advance:
10th June at 4-00pm: Book now
19th June at 2-00pm: Book now

References:
*RetroFirst, a campaign by the Architects’ Journal: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/retrofirst
**Architecture From Prehistory to Climate Emergency, Barnabas Calder, Penguin, 2021

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