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What we’re seeing: Short film by Thamesmead Urban Pioneers

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Thamesmead steps
Photography: Ventures in Topography/ David Secombe

This short film follows The Architecture Foundation’s Urban Pioneers programme, in which a group 17-19 year olds took part in workshops with well known architects, writers and artists to investigate different perceptions of Thamesmead. The film shows a local young person’s movements around the estate, including the picturesque lakes they still hang around, a decanted home and the monastic ruins they played in as children. The group considered the area’s conception as a 1960’s urban utopia, its immediate visual link to youth violence as setting for the 1971 film ‘A Clockwork Orange’, its local reputation as gangland and its connection to more recent conversations on regeneration. For more information visit The Architecture Foundation .

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