The Power of Norwood High Street

Lambeth, London

Type: Digital month-long consultation
Client: London Festival of Architecture
Status: June 2020
Pilot project: A Co-working space
Collaboration: Station to Station, the West Norwood & Tulse Hill Business Improvement District

Technically, how does planning in the Local Authority respond to this? For example, do we need new ‘Use Classes’ to facilitate adaptable strategies? How can we protect unintended activity and the use if interstitial places? Artists and makers have adapted railway arches and abandoned warehouses making a strong artisan community. How can we ensure any high street ‘gentrification’ doesn’t push them out? How can we provide even more flexible workspace for locals?

How to participate:
1. Think about how would you reimagine the Norwood High Street
2. Answer to:
What did your business do pre Covid19?
What does your business do now (and is this any different from before)?
If you were able to change how you trade, what would you do?
3. Submit by 21st June

If you are a local professional

How to participate:
1. Think about how would you reimagine the Norwood High Street
2. Answer to:
Why is the high street important for you?
What is your main use of the Norwood High Street pre and after Covid19?
What do you want in your Norwood High Street?
3. Submit by 21st June

If you are a local resident

How to participate:
1. Sign up for the Pecha Kucha here
2. Attend on the 17th June

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha is a presentation form of 20 images for 20 seconds. The slides change automatically, and the speaker must synchronise their speech with the images. It’s sometimes also called a 20×20 presentation. So the entire presentation always lasts for exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This Pecha-Kucha is open to all via Zoom. There will be five presentations from invited architects, artists and planners who work locally. Each will present a utopian vision of how Norwood High Street could be regenerated.

How to participate:
Unfortunately, this is a small private event. However, the results will be shared here, so watch out this space!

Roundtable with Lambeth Council stakeholders

The key questions for this roundtable discussion will be: How to enable alternative uses on Norwood High Street other than commercial; How to develop a meanwhile strategy for fringe activities; What funding mechanisms are available to adapt abandoned and empty sites.