February - March 2012 /

Willesden Green Urban Pioneers

In February and March 2012 The Architecture Foundation’s Urban Pioneers programme is coming to Willesden Green. A group of students with a keen interest in architecture and the built environment will explore their surroundings with a variety of creative professionals; including artists, architects, journalists and designers. The project is focussed on new ideas for the high street, and will culminate in a new publication edited by the group to document this change.

If you are, or know a 16-19 year old who lives or studies in Brent, who would like to be considered for this project, please email Tom Keeley for more information.

New Windows on Willesden Green is one of the Mayor’s Outer London Fund projects, which is being delivered for Brent Council and Design for London by The Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Meanwhile Space and Blue Consulting.


Picture © Mike Massaro

June - July 2011 /

Canada Water Urban Pioneers

In 2011 The Architecture Foundation’s Urban Pioneers programme is working with young people from Bacon’s College, Rotherhithe. A group of students with a keen interest in architecture and the built environment will explore their surroundings with a variety of creative professionals; including artists, architects, photographers and designers. The project is focussed on the area surrounding the new library and plaza at Canada Water.

For more information please contact The Architecture Foundation’s
Education Assistant.

December 2010 - March 2011 /

Barking Urban Pioneers

In 2011 the Architecture Foundation’s Urban Pioneers programme went to Barking. A group of six young people interested in architecture and the built environment spent three months critically exploring their surrounding with a variety of creative professionals. The pioneers are working with AHMM, artist/filmmaker Verity Keefe, photographer Gemma Thorpe, architecture practices Muf and We Made That, along with oral historians from Eastside Community Heritage. Please visit the project’s website for more information.

Summer 2010 /

Upper Lee Valley Urban Pioneers

The Architecture Foundation’s Upper Lee Valley Urban Pioneers project in 2010 saw a group of nine young people from Hackney, Haringey, Enfield and Waltham Forest exploring the relationship between architecture and water in the Upper Lee Valley with filmmakers, photographers, designers and architects. As part of the project, they visited the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam to discuss what makes a successful waterfront. Visit the project’s website to learn more.

Summer 2010 /

Battersea Urban Pioneers

On 21 June 2010, the Battersea Urban Pioneers met for the first time and were given an introduction to the history of the area by Andrew Saint from the Survey of London. They heard from David Twohig about Tresury Holdings’ plans for the Power Station and the broader scheme for Nine Elms, and took a trip up one of the Power Station Chimneys. In the summer of 2010, the eight Urban Pioneers collaborated with photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, architects and urban food producers to critically explore the redevelopment plans in this project focussed on the relationship between architecture and energy and transport. Please visit the project’s website for more information.

April 2010 /

Architecture for Everyone Urban Pioneers

In April 2010, The Architecture Foundation partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s Architecture for Everyone programme to deliver a condensed Urban Pioneers programme looking at the development of Deptford Creekside. Focussing on sport and leisure, activities included design workshops with East, Witherford Watson Mann, David Kohn and RMJM architects, illustration and parkour workshops and a visit to the 2012 site. Supported by CABE and Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

December 2009 - March 2010 /

King’s Cross Urban Pioneers

From December 09 – March 10, Six young people from Camden and Islington collaborated with The Architecture Foundation in a programme of creative workshops exploring the redevelopment of King’s Cross Central. Participants recorded interviews with broadcaster Alan Dein, made short films with Harriet Fleuriot, worked with architects including Squire and Partners, BDP and Public Works, took a trip to Lille with architecture critic Tom Dyckhoff and organised a final event with the help of Jefferson Communications. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, CABE, Eurostar and King’s Cross Central.

Summer 2009 /

Urban Pioneers: Between the Bridges

For its Summer 2009 Urban Pioneers education programme, Between the Bridges, The Architecture Foundation recruited a team of five local young Londoners who critically explored the architecture around London Bridge. The Urban Pioneers worked with creative practitioners including Gifford engineers, dallaspierce+quintero architects, Bankside Open Spaces Trust and spatial consultants Space Syntax.

Supported by More London, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, CABE, Better Bankside, Alford Hall Monaghan Morris and Bermondsey Community Council.

Autumn 2008 - spring 2009 /

Bankside Urban Pioneers

The Architecture Foundation’s autumn 2008 – spring 2009 education programme focussed on the Bankside Urban Forest, an urban design framework written by Witherford Watson Mann Architects for a partnership coordinated by Better Bankside. Participants worked with WWM, historian Ken Worpole, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, and David Lindo, The Urban Birder to explore this rich area and create a body of research. Supported by CABE, Better Bankside, Design for London and Volunteer Centre Southwark.