Welcome to the London Architecture Diary, your essential guide to architecture exhibitions and events taking place across the city, brought to you by New London Architecture.
Appearing almost out of nowhere in the mid 1980’s, Canary Wharf was a trailblazer for a new kind of London urban environment: high rise, high density, meticulously managed, and largely detached from its surrounding area. Since its arrival it has continued to grow and grow, upwards and outwards. Beginning life as an exclusively office and commercial precinct, the arrival of Crossrail in 2020, in a station designed by Foster and Partners, is heralding a new residential phase, with the two tallest residential blocks in Europe nearing completion, and a third to follow.
This walk explores what is still a quite unique part of London, its buildings and open spaces, and ponders how much farther it has to go.Your guide worked on the planning and development of the area for over twenty years, most recently as Olympic planning and regeneration advisor for the Department for Communities and Local Government.