London Architecture today hosted a breakfast talk that was slightly different
from its usual agenda entitled, Restoring London's Rivers. Both
One of my favourite case studies that were talked about this morning was that of Ladywell Fields and the restoration of the River Ravensbourne in Lewisham. Although the restoration was not a result of the natural occurrences of nature, but in fact engineered with the river being artificially widened, its benefits have been immense. The area was previously underused and deemed unsafe by most (44% of users felt unsafe there - The River Restoration Centre, 2009). Not only has the restoration now reduced the fear of crime, improved the habitat and wildlife within the area, but is has also resulted in an improved space in the greater urban context for the wider community to enjoy together. Boris Johnson praises the restoration stating that 'the rejuvenation of Ladywell Fields means the area is an oasis of calm for people to socialise and relax in'. More information on the River Ravensbourne Restoration can be found here.