Southwark Council has joined forces with a Southwark Street-based publishing house to to publish an exciting new book celebrating 20 years of innovative architecture in the borough.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of news that five Southwark-based buildings – two of them in SE1 – have received Civic Trust awards and commendations for outstanding architectural and environmental design.
City Reborn: Architecture and Regeneration in London, from Bankside to Dulwich is written by the respected architectural critic Kenneth Powell and includes a foreword by Renzo Piano, architect of the London Bridge Tower. It tells the compelling story of architecture's role in the regeneration of Southwark features over 40 outstanding projects ranging from Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge in the north of the borough, to
Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Charter School in the south. Advance copies will be ready in time for this September's Open House weekend.
Southwark Council claims that the book is an unprecedented project for a local authority and is part of an effort to seal Southwark's reputation as a leading council in the promotion of
contemporary architecture. Southwark won the 2002 RIBA/CABE London Local Authority of the Year award for outstanding work in design excellence and regularly makes the RIBA's top 50 client list.
"Architecture has played a huge role in Southwark's transformation. Only 20 years ago, the borough played second fiddle to the City and West End, yet today it stands as the cultural centre of London" says Cllr Catherine Bowman, executive member for regeneration. "From Peckham Library to the Shard of Glass, Southwark has consistently recognised that good design not only attracts visitors to the borough, but creates facilities and places that our residents can use and enjoy."
Kenneth Powell is an architecture critic, journalist and writer, He has published widely including books on Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and John McAslan as well as the books New London Architecture and The Jubilee Line Extension. He was elected Honorary Fellow of the RIBA in 2000.
Kenneth Powell added: "Southwark at the beginning of the 21st centrury is vigorous and varied, its social and economic renaissance reflected in some of London's best new
architecture. The projects illustrated in this book represent more than two decaes of rediscovery and renewal, a process set to continue with renewed energy during Southwark's third millennium."
City Reborn will be published by Merrell Publishers in October 2004, price £19.95.
The book features the following projects in SE1:
• Hays Galleria, London Bridge. Michael Twigg Brown and Partners (1982-86)
• Butler's Wharf. Conran and Partners (1984)
• New Concordia Wharf, Bermondsey. Hunt Thompson and CZWG (1985)
• Imperial War Museum reconstruction. Arup Associates (1989) and for the
• Holocaust Gallery, Stephen Greenberg/DEGW (2000)
• Design Museum, Butler's Wharf. Conran Roche (1989)
• The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street. CZWG (1989)
• Vogan's Mill, Bermondsey. Squire and Partners (1989)
• Horselydown Square, Butler's Wharf. Julyan Wickham (1991)
• 24 Shad Thames. Michael Hopkins (1991)
• Camera Press Building, Queen Elizabeth Street. Panter Hudspith, (1993)
• Oxo Tower Wharf. Lifschutz Davidson (1995)
• Globe Theatre, Bankside. Theo Crosby (1997)
• Jerwood Space, Bankside. Paxton Locher (1998)
• Bankside Lofts. CZWG (1999)
• London Bridge station – Jubilee Line extension. Weston Williamson (2000)
• Southwark underground station. MacCormac Jamieson Prichard (2000)
• Southwark Cathedral Millennium Project. Richard Griffiths Architects (2000)
• Tate Modern. Herzog and Meuron (2000)
• Millennium Bridge. Foster and Partners (2000)
• 43 Tanner Street. Weston Williamson (1996-2001)
• Fashion Museum, Bermondsey. Ricardo Legorreta / Alan Camp Architects (2002)
• 85 Southwark Street. Allies and Morrison (2003)
• City Hall and More London. Foster and Partners (2002 and continuing)
• Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street. Keith Williams Architects (begun 2003)
• London College of Printing, Elephant and Castle. Allies and Morrison (2003)
• Elephant and Castle masterplan. London Borough of Southwark (2004)
• London Bridge Tower. Renzo Piano (forthcoming)
• St Christopher House. Allies and Morrison (forthcoming)
• Palestra, Blackfriars Road. Alsop Architects (fothcoming)
• Bermondsey Square. Munkenbeck and Marshall (forthcoming)
• Floral Hall, Borough Market. Greig Stephenson (forthcoming)