The Hammersmith Study Group 1969-70

Our president Hans Haenlein remembers the Hammersmith Study Group…

…which I set up in 1969 with my students from the Polytechnic of Central London (now Westminster University) as well as with some students from UCL and from the Architectural Association. Two LSE students also took part.

The final travelling exhibition of the Group’s work was housed in a demountable exhibition pavilion (designed by the students) and  in the summer of 1970 covered ten sites over 10 days from the north to the south of the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. The exhibition started with a great party on the Grand Union Canal. I understand that more than 50,000 people visited the exhibition over the ten days. The students provided H&F Council with a folder of the various projects covered which should be in the Council’s archives. The Council adopted several of their suggestions.

Following the completion of the Hammersmith Study we turned our attention to Soho, and some of the students set up the Covent Garden Action Group [the work of Jim Monahan and others of the HSG is referred to here] , which resulted in the saving of Covent Garden Market. Others turned their attention to Piccadilly Circus and subsequently produced alternative solutions for Piccadilly Circus, one of which was adopted by Westminster Council.

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