Three Talks to Debate the Future of Life on London's Rivers

As part of the their Architecture for All programme, London's Old Royal Naval College is set to host three debates about the future planned along the River Thames, investigating the issues surrounding living, building and working on the City's waterways in the years to come. The series is curated by Ellis Woodman, critic for the Architects' Journal and the Architectural Review, who said: "Despite the fact that the riverfront is currently the subject of redevelopment proposals of unprecedented scale, London’s ambitions for the Thames have yet to be widely articulated or debated." Details of the three events after the break.

Living on the River
23 October, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Old Royal Naval College

Chair: Phineas Harper, deputy editor, Architectural Review


  • Anna Versteeg, independent architect and planner
  • Jonas Lencer, studio director of de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
  • John Robertson, founder, John Robertson Architects
  • Lee Wilshire, urban planner, Designer and Boater
  • Anne Lydiat, who for the past eleven years has been living and working as an artist on board a ship

Building by the River
21 November, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Old Royal Naval College

Chair: Rowan Moore, architecture critic, The Observer


  • Richard Upton, chief executive of The Cathedral Group
  • Eric Sorensen, former chief executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation and of the London Thames Gateway project
  • David Kohn of David Kohn Architects
  • Roo Angell, a leader of Sayes Court Garden Community Interest Company

Working on the River
19 December, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Old Royal Naval College

Chair: Ellis Woodman, The Telegraph, the Architectural Review and the AJ


  • Professor Mark Brearley, of CASS Cities who among his many projects initiated the Mayor’s work focused on London’s high streets
  • Tom Holbrook, co-founder of 5th Studio, an acclaimed spatial design agency
  • Michael Webber, who has played a central role in the Thames Archaeological Survey

For more information and to book tickets for the events, visit the Old Royal Navy College website.

Story via the Architects' Journal

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Three Talks to Debate the Future of Life on London's Rivers" 09 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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