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Bankside Urban Pioneers

Bankside Urban Forest provides the testing ground for a new education programme run by the Architecture Foundation
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
  • Bankside Urban Pioneers
    Bankside Urban Pioneers
Timescale: 
September 2008
March 2009
Key Partners: 
Better Bankside, the Architecture Foundation
Key Outcome: 
A long-term education programme for young people to examine the changing urban environment

The Architecture Foundation’s autumn 2008 - spring 2009 education programme engaged and empowered a team of four 16 – 19 year olds, living or studying in Southwark, to explore the area and the changes that are underfoot in Bankside, London. It focused on Bankside Urban Forest, an area in Southwark undergoing intense regeneration and change.

Over 13 sessions the Urban Pioneers took part in planting, film making, radio production, web design, birding and illustration workshops, visited Epping Forest and the offices of Witherford Watson Mann, got involved in local public consultation, interviewed writer and environmentalist Ken Worpole and planned an event to launch the website they developed to showcase their work. The programme has since become a permanent strand of the Architecture Foundation's education work.

In collaboration with: 
Mar 21 2009