New exhibit at Garden Museum opens next week
The exhibition will explore historic and futuristic visions for growing and green space in the city. This begins with the Victorians, who longed to introduce more green into congested city living, through the meadows that sprung to life in WWII bomb sites, to the latest international concepts that suggest how ‘the green and the grey’ can be better in balance.
In an article in Thursday’s Evening Standard, Christopher Woodward, director of the Garden Museum, said that the premise of the exhibition is that “lots of people want London to be a greener city to live in; garden cities are back in fashion, the demand for allotments is high but there’s a problem to do with space. Because once you put people in the sky, you don’t have gardens, do you?”
Woodward said that, with the exhibition, the Museum is suggesting that we are in “a visionary moment in time, when the architectural orthodoxy is being challenged”.
He said: “The last one was in the 1970s. The clouds have opened and they will close again. They opened very much with The Crash and the number of property sites that were suddenly in limbo. But as soon as the developer-architectural machine gets back on the rails … well, have you seen how big those buildings are at Stratford International? It’s like Romania, a bit prettier perhaps but just block after block.”
Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century
The Landscape Institute will present six lectures at the Garden Museum this autumn titled Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century to complement the exhibition.
For more information on the lecture series click here