25 Rathbone Place
London, W1T 1JB
The final part of our urbanism series moves us away from a set text and challenges us to read the city developing around us right now. Tottenham Court Road station - the closest to our beloved Wheatsheaf pub - is currently being redeveloped to accommodate the new Crossrail station linking east and west London, an increase in tube passengers and to create a new plaza and massive retail space in the heart of the West End. It will fundamentally change the area. We will apply the texts we have already covered - The London Plan, Lefebvre, Howard and Le Corbusier - and try to understand not only the economic argument for such changes to the urban fabric and space but also what they mean socially and politically.
Have a look at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/2355.aspx and http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/stations/tottenham-court-road/ as official sources for the TCR development.
If you've not had a chance to read the texts we've covered so far then don't worry - you'll still be able to contribute. If you do get a chance to (re)look at them, here are the links: