Croydon Urban Pioneers

January - May 2013
  • Image courtesy Jim Stephenson

From February to June 2013 The Architecture Foundation's Urban Pioneers programme was working in Croydon, exploring England's Alphaville and its hinterland regarding myth and perception of place, as well as tactics for telling new stories about the town. Through workshops with architects, artists, musicians, designers, and writers, a group of 10 young people from Croydon examined the area's built environment, and the issues it faces.

The Pioneers' produced a new publication - Lo! A Croydon Digest, designed by Europa, Sigge Kuhlhorn and Tom Mower. Lo! A Croydon Digest is inspired in part by The Suburban Press. The Suburban Press was a fanzine produced by Jamie Reid and Malcolm McLaren while studying at Croydon College in the late 1960s. Lamenting the changes they saw happening around them, the publication was a call to arms to challenge and question the developments that formed Croydon's last building boom. As the town is going through similar large-scale redevelopment, it seemed fitting to revist these themes, bringing The Suburban Press back to Croydon College with Level 4 BA (Hons) Graphic Design students.

If you would like more information please contact The Architecture Foundation's Education Manager, Aislinn WhiteYou can also see what the Pioneers' got up to on their dedicated project blog.

The Urban Pioneers Programme was sponsored by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partnerswith additional sponsorship for the Croydon Urban Pioneers from Westfield and Hammerson.

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Urban Pioneers

The AF's Urban Pioneers education programme engages and empowers teams of 16-19 year olds in areas of cities undergoing dramatic change. Young people critically explore the transformations happening around them and develop new skills in film making, radio production and website design.

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As part of The Architecture Foundation's 2013 education programme, the Urban Pioneers are going to Croydon.