Architecture Foundation London
11.00: Outer London Landscapes and the Future of the Green Belt
Andy Groarke | Lynn Kinnear | Barney Stringer | Ellis Woodman | Tom Holbrook
London is currently developing plans for the transformation of a number of major landscapes on its periphery, notably Rectory Farm in Hounslow, Walthamstow Wetlands and the Lower Lea Valley. Bringing together industrial and recreational activities in new combination, these projects seek to radically expand the definition of the London park. The city is also facing increasing demands to relax the definition of its greenbelt, in order to accommodate much needed new housing. This session will consider the hotly debated future of the territories that lie on the boundary between London and its surrounding countryside.
14.00: Suburbia and the New Life: Reflections on the Essexodus
Patrick Wright | Gillian Darley | Ken Worpole
This session will consider some of the ideas, both idealistic and pragmatic, that have driven and shaped the exodus from London since the 1890s. Using examples from the city's north-east, we will consider both the informal visions of self-sufficiency informing many of the"plotland" developments of the early twentieth century, and also the larger scale exercises of contingency planning and architectural programming that have produced such places as Romford Garden City (1910-11), Harlow New Town (early 1950s) and South Woodham Ferrers (late 1970s).
15.00 Future of Housing in the Periphery
Wouter Vanstiphout | Michelle Provoost
You can tell a lot about a city from its edges. The periphery can be a test bed for social and urban experimentation but also a challenging territory fraught with tension and socioeconomic challenges. In this session Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost of the Rotterdam-based Crimson Architectural Historians, explore the potential of London’s edges drawing comparisons from their extensive experience working with European cities and a radical reading of London’s post-riot landscape.
17.00 Will Self in discussion with Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia set the parameters for a new literary consideration of London's peripheral areas, and established a new poetics of the outer-urban. In conversation with Will Self, another suburban Londoner, Kureishi will attempt to trace the lineaments of London's suburban consciousness over the past four decades.
Photograph: Nick Wall
19.00 The Inbetweeners Screening and Q&A
Iain Morris | Damon Beesley
A selected episode of the The Inbetweeners will be introduced by the writers Iain Morris and Damon Beesley who will also take part in a Q&A session after the screening. Set in dull suburbia, the hit Channel 4 comedy The Inbetweeners follows the lives (and embarrassing antics) of four schoolmates Will, Simon, Neil & Jay as they grapple with adolescence. The comedy ran for three series before reaching the big screen in two hugely successful films.
A mix of activities and food stalls offering ideas and tastes from around Outer London.
The People’s Map of Outer London
A series of large-scale maps to which the general public can contribute their favourite places to eat, escape, or be taken on a first date. These pooled memories will form a fresh perspective on the many characters of Outer London.
The Mobile Museum
Outer London Landscapes and the Future of the Green Belt
Suburbia and the Essexodus + Housing in the Periphery
Will Self and Hanif Kureishi in conversation
The Inbetweeners + discussion
Getting to Doughnut
The Outer London Festival is taking place in and aroudn the Queen Anne building of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
Thames Clippers provides a regular boat service from Westminster to Greenwich Pier (adjacent to the Old Royal Naval College) stopping at various locations on route.