We just completely updated our website. Let us know if you are encountering any issues.

The fate of London’s post-war neighborhoods: Lansbury Estate and the plans for Barking Riverside en

In the years of WWII, the term “neighborhood” gained a specific meaning. The necessary reconstruction of London after WWII and the introduction of welfare state ideas in British society led to the construction of several post-war neighborhoods within London, that should provide “decent housing and plenty of space to play and rest for everybody”.

In the 1980s, due to a spread of neoliberal ideas during the rule of Margaret Thatcher, the concept of this neighborhood as a balanced and planned unit of living, working and playing became unpopular. A time of private ownership followed, or – in Margaret Thatcher’s words – “the right to buy” started ruling over the housing market.

Today, in the midst of real estate speculation and housing shortages, London is growing fast. The government seeks to tackle these problems by opening up new development areas, either by transforming existing housing developments (e.g. Heygate Estate) or by starting new developments on former industrial areas – such as the development of Barking Riverside.

This development is again called “a neighborhood” and it will be erected in the east of London, on the former site of powerplants.

This tour therefore explores the origins of the post-war neighborhood idea as realized in Lansbury and it will try to answer the question, to which extent the original ideals of a balanced neighborhood can again be found in the plans for Barking Riverside.



World Heritage Sites Brutalisms Atlas Obscuras Audio Guides News
Shakespeare’s Riverside London en 4.6km site_izi
World Trade Center Artwork 20203.4km site_ao
I Am Human – a walking tour of The Royal London Hospital en 2.9km site_izi
EastCast’s East London en 20174.1km site_izi
Home-City Stories en 4.5km site_izi
London Greenwich en 2.8km site_izi
London: Jack the Ripper en 2.8km site_izi
Pub crawling in London. en es fr it 4.7km site_izi
urbirun London – Canary Wharf & Greenwich en fr 0.9km site_izi
Urbirun London – Thames & more en fr 2.8km site_izi
The complete London Audio Guide. Part I en 3.8km site_izi
The Fan Museum 20203.6km site_ao
The Tower of London Menagerie 20204km site_ao
Chequer Street Wooden Paving 20205.1km site_ao
Tulip Stairs 20203.5km site_ao
Tower of London’s Ceremony of the Keys 20194km site_ao
A Manhole Cover Saluting London’s Fatberg-Vanquishing Team 20192.9km site_ao
The Secret Laboratory at the Monument to the Great Fire of London 20194.5km site_ao
The Gardener Statue 20195km site_ao
Quantum Cloud 20192.3km site_ao
The ‘Scribble’ 20194.2km site_ao
Queen Caroline’s Bath 20194.5km site_ao
Tower Bridge Chimney 20193.8km site_ao
The Blind Beggar 20192.7km site_ao
Whitechapel Bell Foundry 20193.3km site_ao
‘Monument for a Dead Parrot’ 20193.4km site_ao
St. Nicholas Church Memento Mori 20193.2km site_ao
Genius Treasure Museum 20191.7km site_ao
Site of Execution Dock 20193km site_ao
Evelyn’s Mulberry 20193km site_ao
These Fences Are Actually World War II-Era Stretchers 20195.1km site_ao
The Executioner’s Ax 20183.8km site_ao
Still Life 20184.2km site_ao
London’s Hidden Green Gem 20175.1km site_ao
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths 20184.3km site_ao
Public Standards of Length 20183.9km site_ao
Beauchamp Tower 20183.9km site_ao
London’s Tiny Mice Sculpture 20174.4km site_ao
London’s Shipping Container City 20172km site_ao
The Ten Bells Pub 20163.8km site_ao
London’s Masterful Public Square That Never Was 20174.7km site_ao
Traitors’ Gate 20173.9km site_ao
Sir John Franklin Expedition Memorial 20173.3km site_ao
The Last of London’s Extravagant Street Signs 20174.6km site_ao
The Notorious East London Aldgate Pump 20174km site_ao
The Secret Beefeaters Pub Inside the Tower of London 20183.8km site_ao
The Last Ferryman’s Seat in London 20175.2km site_ao
Roman Wharf Timber 20184.5km site_ao
The Mayflower Pub 20172.5km site_ao
Two Princes Staircase 20174km site_ao
Memorial to a Mohegan Chief Outside Southwark Cathedral 20174.8km site_ao
The Tower of London Ravens 20183.8km site_ao
Nomadic Community Gardens 20183.5km site_ao
Tower Hotel 3.6km site_brutalism
Cranbrook Estate 2.8km site_brutalism
Gascoyne Estate, Bentham Road 3.4km site_brutalism
Keeling House 3.6km site_brutalism
Balfron Tower 19630.9km site_brutalism
Robin Hood Gardens 19660.9km site_brutalism
Salter’s Hall 19685km site_brutalism
Maritime Greenwich 19973.5km site_whs
Tower of London 19883.8km site_whs

About the source: izi.TRAVEL

Izi aims to connect cities, museums, and their stories with travellers who want to explore the world in a brand new, innovative way: via a global, open and free platform.