The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Robin Hood Gardens Seminar

The Twentieth Century Society has revived our campaign to list Robin Hood Gardens, the 1960s residential estate in Poplar, East London, by Alison and Peter Smithson. While we await the recommendation from Historic England to the Secretary of State, Alan Powers and Catherine Croft will be among the speakers at a seminar convened by the UCL Urban Laboratory on 22 June as a final public forum to summarise and debate the different arguments for listed status before a final decision is made on the future of the estate.

Come along to learn about the processes of decision-making and its impacts directly from experts involved, as well as about the notion of home in post-war Britain to now, in historical and design contexts. The seminar will develop awareness of practice-led/design research methods for exploring questions around cultural politics and architectural heritage research in housing, and relevant research publications from the Urban Laboratory will be available.

View the programme – See map of venue – Book on Eventbrite


Catherine Croft – Director, The Twentieth Century Society
David Crowley – Professor and Head of Critical Writing in Art & Design, Royal College of Art
Alan Powers – Leader of Historical Studies, London School of Architecture
Sarah Wigglesworth – Professor of Architecture, University of Sheffield
Jessie Brennan – Independent artist
Susanne Tutsch – Director, Erect Architecture
Judit Ferencz – PhD student, Bartlett School of Architecture
Mark Lemansky – Tutor, University of East London
Murray Fraser (chair) – Professor of Architecture and Global Culture, Bartlett School of Architecture
Jane Rendell (chair) – Director of Architectural Research, Bartlett School of Architecture
Adrian Forty (discussant) – Professor of Architectural History, Bartlett School of Architecture


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