The Peckham Rye Station Square project has been commissioned by Southwark Council in partnership with the Greater London Authority to transform the area around the Station. The project will create a new square as a focal point for the community, and include new and refurbished buildings to make the area more uplifting and less congested.
We want to build on the previous codesign work undertaken and hear from you about how we can work together as the project moves forward.The project design team, led by architects Landolt + Brown, would like to explain some of their initial thinking and observations in the first part of the workshop. This will be followed by a presentation from the council on associated town centre projects.
Once we find out how you want to use the space we can try and find the appropriate trees. We can also start to explore the softer qualities of having trees in the square. What type of leaves would be best, large leaves that supply complete shade or smaller leaves, which give a more dappled light underneath? Tall or short? Broad or slim? Do you want blossom? Should the trees provide habitats for specific wildlife? How does it smell?Talking, sketching and model making.
If 'public space' is the place where community activities take place, and perhaps even where individuals become communities, what does this mean for architecture? How do you design a new square, one that doesn't just look like public space, but behaves like it too? And not just any old square, but a square for Peckham? This workshop explores the idea of what makes a good 'hosting' space: a space that through the way it looks, feels and operates helps make it easy for positive things to happen. Drawing on our own experiences, good and bad, this workshop will identify (i) qualities that we would like the station square to have, and ii) challenges that we believe will need to be addressed, to send on to the next stage in the design process. Absolutely no prior architectural knowledge required. Just experience of being a person.
This afternoon workshop engages with the remarkable collection of buildings on and around Rye Lane by drawing them. Led by architect and experienced townscape sketcher Benedict O'Looney, we will look closely at our local townscape and learn about architectural sketching techniques. Bring sketchbooks and any drawing media you like. A highlight will be sketching in Peckham Rye Station's lost 'Old Waiting Room'.
(No previous sketching experience necessary, all are welcome)