The estate of today and tomorrow
“London’s built memories are never far from its present” – we walk/drive/cycle past them and build alongside. Much of the work of Mæ revolves around housing estates, whether it is new build or improving the existing stock. We often look to the past in order to get a clearer vision for the future; placing our work in a historical context. We propose to explore in more detail two successful and well-known historical estates; the Boundary Estate and the Golden Lane Estate. The Golden Lane Estate was built around 60 years ago and the Boundary Estate approximately another 60 years before that. Both were built in times of change and at decisive points in the history of UK housing. With the current housing crisis, we find ourselves once again at a pivotal moment in which the estate, both new and existing, is placed under a magnifying glass.
We will look at this historical development with a guided tour through both the Boundary and Golden Lane Estates. The walk will end at a local venue for a short debate on the historical evolution of large housing schemes and current work on estates and estate regeneration. To frame our research and the tour we have produced a booklet that provides a graphic overview of these two existing estates and our current work.
Places are limited. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org before 8th June. If the walk is fully booked there will be additional places available for the debate after at 7pm.