Date of release: Friday, July 3, 2015

East of EdenExciting and provocative alternative proposals for development in the Greenwich area are explored in a new book, East of Eden, which is available now. East Greenwich, Greenwich Peninsula and Thamesmead are reimagined in this radical design research project from the university.

A creative showcase for the Department of Architecture & Landscape, the 408-page book includes the work of students, staff and guest contributors including the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford, local historian Mary Mills, resident and architectural critic Owen Hatherley, sculptor Richard Wilson, local resident and activist Ian Worley, and architectural practices with strong connections to the university: AHMM, ALL-Design, Barr Gazetas, John Lyall and Wilkinson Eyre.

Local partners are at the heart of the project, representing the diverse interests that drive development in contemporary cities. Greenwich residents and the Greenwich Society raised important issues for East Greenwich; developers Knight Dragon contributed their designs for the peninsula; and, at Thamesmead, students worked with Peabody Housing Trust.

Head of Department, Nic Clear says: "What is the future of our cities? That's the wider debate that this book is part of. It explores whether finance and the market should be the principal forces that drive development and suggests alternative visions that prioritise people, the environment and sustainability.

"This publication marks the department's move into the new Stockwell Street building, and the start of our new relationships in the area. Its name, 'East of Eden', reflects its focus to the east of the university's 'Edenic' campus in the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It reflects the opening of a dialogue between the university and its neighbours, to question what is happening in our local areas and asking what alternatives are available or even possible. It establishes Stockwell Street as a focus for local debate and engagement."

"East of Eden" 2015 (the University of Greenwich Department of Architecture and Landscape ISBN: 978-1-909155-09-1) is available from Room 11_3000, Stockwell Street for £10. Soon to be available at and elsewhere for £15.

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