Olympic Planning System…

Interesting to note that planning applications for Olympic projects are submitted to the Olympic Delivery Authority – PDT, rather than to any particular borough’s planning department. Whilst this is entirely practical given the extent of the Olympic project, it does make you wonder to what extent those boroughs – and by derivation, their residents – are represented in the … Continue reading

Hackney Podcasts – ‘Water’ and ‘Night’

With reference to my previous post about the Hackney Podcasts audio files (search for ‘hackney podcasts’ on iTunes, they’re free to download), I’ve been listening to one or two and trying out my mindmaps as notetaking…might serve as a point of reference? The podcasts are really good for thinking about aspects of the place in … Continue reading

Lammas Day

Lammas Day Collage

Focussing on retrieving specific examples / ‘situations’ involving codes (social, conduct, legal, regulatory, etc) from our experience of visiting Hackney Wick and the surrounding area last week. This specific exploration looks at a historic event (Lammas Day, 1837) – that revealed a specific code about land use and human activity as directed by the temporal (in this … Continue reading

Stink house alley

Hackney Wick in London’s East End was one of the poorer parts of London. It was made up of very small back-to-back terrace houses with large families. It was very working class with many small factories employing local people. Businesses like Clarnico (sweet manufacturing), Lesney’s (matchbox) (miniature toy manufacturing took a large part of Lea … Continue reading


“Hey man, hope this helps with the project. When i was there it was mainly spent within the park. Sorry i didnt get a chance to send it yesterday! After taking a stereotypical red london bus from the Hackney Wick railway station, through the tyical suburban build up of houses and offices myself and my … Continue reading


“Hackney Wick. It’s practically Scotland as far as I am concerned. I’m a North London snob who is happy in my triangle – from Tufnell Park to Chalk Farm to Mornington Crescent. Borough of Camden and Islington is for me yep yep. I know everyone thinks East London is very cool. And it is fun, … Continue reading

celebrities (2)

“Amy Winehouse used to live in the flat below us at Omega Works. It was when she was all over the papers with that Blake guy….. When she was here there was always photographers outside the gates, Mayo (the porter) hated it. She was bat shit crazy as well, up at weird hours. I remember … Continue reading

Dog Racing at Hackney Wick

” This is a story which my nana, who is suffering old age memory loss told me over and over again- When my Nana was young, she went to London to find jobs. She knocked on hotel door one after one, asking the porter if any bartender  or waitress is needed… She paused at Oxford … Continue reading


“Its where Alan Sugar is from” – Oli Keane, 24, student


“no never been there. Kev used to live in a warehouse there though, drop him a line. Sure he could tell you a story or 2″ – John Valente, 31, student “hackney wick? as in east london? not much apart from its very trendy these days nice markets, cool people etc. x” – Daisy Partridge, … Continue reading