Architects to gather on Gaggle Goose Green

A group of architects are working together on an event, as part of the London Festival of Architecture, which will look at improving the area around Ravenscourt Park could be improved.

The green space at the junction of Goldhawk Road and Askew Road is known as
“Starch Green”, but used to be called “Gaggle Goose Green”, and incorporated a pond, according to the organisers of an event to be held on this green as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010 to discuss how this area and the stretches of road around Ravenscourt Park could be made better. The event will also touch on the entrances to Ravenscourt Park in Goldhawk Road and Paddenswick Road.

As part of the London Festival of Architecture a group of local architects will gather on the corner of Goldhawk Road and Askew Road to hear the communitys ideas for the site and the surrounding streets. The event, entitled LOVE YOUR STREET: Starch Green, will take place on Saturday 26 June between 11am and 5pm.

The architects hope to attract residents with ideas for improving the area. In Roman times this particular stretch of road was a point of entrance into London but now the traffic has really taken over. says local architect George Stowell, Wed love to hear what local people would do to make it a more enjoyable place to be.

A drop-in tent will be manned by architects eager to hear residents ideas, and talks throughout the day will focus on the history of the area which has variously been known as a hunting ground for Edward III, a meeting place for geese herders and in the late 19th century for its hard drinking slums. At the end of the event the ideas will be presented to Hammersmith and Fulham Council leader Stephen Greenhalgh.

The organisers say they are looking for positive ways to improve the area that can be presented to the Council. They say; “this could be as simple as ideas for signposting the Ravenscourt Park entrances or it could be a radical rethink of the roundabouts thats up to local input on the day.

The event is a collabration between Assael Architecture, Barroll Webber Architects, CPA, The Hammersmith Society, Hugh Broughton Architects, George Stowell, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Paul Murphy Architects and Powell Tuck Associates.

The London Festival of Architecture takes place all over London from 19 June to 4 July 2010, and includes talks, installations, exhibitions, pavilions, walks, bike rides and performances centered around the theme of the The Welcoming City – a reference to the design of cities, which are amenable, tolerant and engaging.

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