Living Architecture: Celebrating 50 Years of the Lansbury Estate

20 September 2001

  • The Living Architecture event in action
  • The Landsbury Estate map
  • A speaker at the conference
  • Richard Rogers on a tour of the estate
  • The panel of speakers
  • Parking at the venue
  • A view to Canary Wharf
  • Consultation exercise
  • Screening at the event
  • Ticket for the Living Architecture event

The Lansbury Estate in Poplar, London, was designed as a model neighbourhood with housing, schools, churches and shops, and formed a 'Living Architecture' exhibition for the Festival of Britain in 1951. To mark its 50th anniversary, the AF organised a conference with Leaside Regeneration to celebrate its past, critically examine its success, and to ask how a model neighbourhood could be created today.

As a model neighbourhood including housing, schools, churches and a real living community, the Lansbury Estate demonstrated the possibilities in 'good town planning, architecture and building' to reconstruct a bomb-damaged Britain. It was one of London County Council's first post-war neighbourhoods, as they embarked on a series of ambitious social housing projects, which aimed to transform the physical and social fabric of the city. The estate was designed by a team which brought together a wealth of contemporary talent, including Sir Frederick Gibberd, architects YRM and Geoffrey Jellicoe. 50 years on new forms of planning and urban design are once again being tested out in London. 'Neighbourhoods' have again become the focus for renewal and regeneration.

The day included tours of the estate, film footage capturing the spirit of London in 1951, a spectacular lighting display by world-renowned designers Studio Park, Urban Design Group workshop on 'Urban Design and Lighting Strategies' and an evening street party in Chrisp Street market.