Community, connection and Covid 19: How landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community

Thamesmead has bold landscape-led regeneration plans for the future

Since the start of the pandemic people of all ages now spend more time outdoors – and the public realm has taken on a new significance in community life. As we look towards a post-pandemic future, this case study explores Thamesmead, the lessons we can learn from how communities have used outside spaces during lockdown and how landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community.

Community, connection and Covid-19: how community hubs support cohesion and collaboration in tough times

Musicians perform outdoor concert to the community

Community hubs are an important element of social infrastructure, but, as physical meeting spaces, they have experienced huge challenges during the pandemic. Using Acton Gardens Community Centre as a case study, we reflect on the role of community hubs in typical times’, and ask how they can continue to support communities as we navigate the ‘new normal’.

Water Works: Designing With Water workshop

Following our field trip to the Lower Lea Valley in May, which looked at how the CRT maintains, funds and manages uses along their sections of London’s waterways, FoL invited the CRT to facilitate a workshop exploring some of the challenges – and opportunities – that arise when designing with water.

Social Value in South Acton

Public space at Acton Gardens

On 25 April, we visited South Acton to learn how Countryside Properties and L&Q are maximising social value in a major estate regeneration scheme.

Water Works: Thamesmead field trip

Constructed in the late 1960s on low-lying marshland criss-crossed by decommissioned military canals, Thamesmead was designed around water. Today, the estate’s 7km of canals and 32ha of lakes are an anchor for Thamesmead’s regeneration.