London is full of modernist architecture, from the hidden and private, to the big and public. Not all of it is understood, some is hated. Slowly attitudes are changing, and more of us now appreciate postwar buildings. Presented by John Escolme and Judy Matheson, Encounter, the architectural history radio series, explores the work of the architects responsible for these buildings, giving them a voice to talk about what they created and why.
Programme 3 : Highgate New Town
Creating a modern interpretation of the traditional street became something of a mantra for architects working for Camden Borough Architects Department in the 60s and 70s, and in this special edition of Encounter, John Escolme and Judy Matheson return to Camden Borough to take a tour of Highgate New Town. Fabian Watkinson discusses the changing fortunes of council housing in the area.
Encounter is broadcast across London on 104.4 FM on arts station ‘Resonance’ and online at resonance.stream
The programmes can be heard again after each broadcast at http://www.monitorproductioninsounmd.eu
where you can also listen to the first series of the programme
make:good held their last pop up last week at the junction of Highgate Road and Gordon House Road. They heard from a wide range of people from students walking home from school to residents coming home from work. They heard what local people love about where they live and they heard what people would like to see changed or improved in the future. Some of the insight that was shared centred around air pollution caused by traffic and how to ensure a more sustainable transport in the future of the area.
Last week make:good visited the Fresh Youth Academy where the team spoke to young people of various ages about what they love about Dartmouth Park. They also discussed how some of the disused spaces across the neighbourhood could be enhanced and made more welcoming.
The feedback received unanimously showed that everyone likes and values the youth centre. Some of the young people who have lived in the area all their lives also emphasised that there is a good sense of community. One 19 year old resident from Whittington Estate said
“The youth centre helped me with my coursework at school and with CV building. They helped me with everything and now I am a volunteer here. It keeps me motivated.’