What makes a sustainable neighbourhood?

Talks, hands-on activities and training and tours looking at how to create sustainable neighbourhoods, communities and cities. An overview of this strand in 2011 is given below.

'Leather Lane Stars'
‘Leather Lane Stars’ is a project to promote, publicise and reinvigorate the historic market of Leather Lane, EC1. As part of this campaign, architects Ash Sakula will be co-ho~sting stalls in the empty patches of Leather Lane from 11.00am - 2.00pm on Wednesday and Thursday - bring your ideas for London street markets. Leather Lane Lates will feature 'Market Corner Drinks' at the Craft Beer Co. public house, and then 'Looking Back to Look Forwards': an evening of films and talks at Le Regal cafe, also on Leather Lane.

'Occupying Streets at all Hours'
A practical fieldwork street design appraisal exercise, led by Gregory Cowan, University of Westminster, for any professional with an interest in urban public space/urban design and wishing to add this to their CPD. The exercise will assess walkability, liveability and urban sustainability through a variety of research methods. Please bring a short statement about your interest in the workshop as an introduction to other participants. Access arrangements will be made for anyone with special requirements.

Queens Park Low Carbon Zone
A tour through the Queens Park Low Carbon Zone to see how WCC plans to reduce emissions in the area by more than 20% and visiting several different properties including a Victorian cottage in a conservation area refurbished to reduce carbon emissions by 60-80% and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4+ properties under construction. Sustainable features include solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, MVHR, community heating PV etc. Special demonstration to show how to draught proof a Victorian cottage.

Sponge Trail of Eco-Buildings
Sponge, the network of young professionals with an interest in sustainability and the built environment have organised this self-guided trail covering 12.5 miles and 14 eco-buildings. The route from Camberwell to Dalston via Southwark and the City covers almost every conceivable eco-angle and some impressive architecture. Look out for those that are pre-book only.

'Up on the Roof'
A living roof tour of North Lambeth led by Ann Bodkin, including roofs for bees, DIY community-built garage rooftops, artist's ecostructure, edible bike shed and the UK's largest green roof renewal housing project. Rooftop access involves climbing steps.

Urban Sustainability: the issues 'beyond architecture’
Presentations and debate at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios exploring the wider issues of sustainability in the urban context. Speakers include Carolyn Steel, architect and author of Hungry City; Sion Parkinson, artist from the Cape Farewell project; and Nick James, Sustainability Projects Manager for BioRegional Quintain, speaking on the Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios project One Brighton.