Limehouse Cut — linking place and creativity

Brown, Pat, Brannan, Carine, Malaescu, Alexandru, Swade, Kate, Walton, Mark and Ward, Isobel (2014) Limehouse Cut — linking place and creativity. In: The AHRC Creative Economy Showcase 2014; 12 Mar 2014, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Shared Assets and Kingston University’s Landscape Interface Studio developed a methodology and tools for engaging local people and creative industries in imagining a future for the Limehouse Cut, a canal in Tower Hamlets, London’s poorest borough. The Cut links two regenerated parts of London – the Olympic Park to the north and Limehouse to the south. It has the potential to be a substantial local asset but remains an underused and intimidating place, a place to be “got through” as quickly as possible. Part of London’s industrial heritage, it is a dead straight mile of water, surrounded by local businesses and residents, in an area with limited access to green space. As rents rise in Shoreditch and Dalston, creative businesses are looking for space elsewhere. This research has examined how engaging creative industries in re-imagining the Limehouse Cut could best benefit local people, reconnecting them with this local asset whilst expanding the infrastructure to support London’s creative economy. This project involved digital mapping of the Cut, land ownership, planning strategies and future visioning, developing a methodology for engaging local creative industries and people in imagining a shared future for the Cut thus providing scalable, replicable models for use elsewhere in London. By undertaking the research a mixed methodology has been developed which brings people together with a place and works with their direct experience of that place to co-create ideas for the future. Landscape Interface Studio (LIS), Kingston University was selected by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to develop and present an exhibition of their recent collaborative project at the AHRC Creative Economy Showcase 2014 at King’s Place, London.

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