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Figure Ground

Poplar is a densely built up area, with many different types of housing and buildings. Up until the -40’s, the residential areas were dominated by Victorian terraced housing, but during the -50’s and -60’s, many of these had to make way for tower blocks and flats. Some of the industrial buildings have disappeared, along with the warehouses connected to the docklands. Where one might previously have assumed there was an industrial site, there might now be a large residential block, confusingly similar in shape to that of the previous use on the site.

Fig. 35 Hidden house History, Victorian terrace, N.A.

Fig. 29 Yasmin Khan, Figure ground, (2011) Scale: 1:10 000

Figure Conservation Area River Tidal Water


Fig. 36 Mail Online, Robin Hood Estate, (2008)

Green Spaces

There are many green spaces in the Poplar area, but there does not appear to be an overall green infrastructure. Many of the spaces cover a large area of land, but they are monotonous and not varied in the use of species. Private fenced off green spaces also contribute to creating spaces that are not used between them.

Fig. 37 stevecadman, Brownfield Estate, (2008)


Fig. 30 Yasmin Khan, Green Spaces, (2011) Scale: 1:10 000

Public Green Space Conservation Area River Tidal Water

Public Green Space


The docks in the area are no longer used for loading and industry, like they once were. Most of them make up the landscape of a new commercial and financial district, including new developments like Canary Wharf. These docks have been a vital part of shaping the area into what it is today; from industrial areas providing work for the previous local residences, to the new developments along the river.

Fig. 38 BBC/Lion TV, The Isle of Dogs And Canary Wharf, (N.A.)

Fig. 31 Yasmin Khan, Hydrology, (2011) Scale: 1:10 000

Public Green Space Conservation Area River Tidal Water



The Blackwall tunnel runs through the area, providing access to London for commuters and industry. Busy main roads also dominate, making the area an important gateway. Most of these main roads have been in existence since the area was dominated by industry. The railway lines have been altered, and the DLR and London Bus Services now ensure easily accessible public transport for residents and workers.

Fig. 39 BBC/Lion TV, The Isle of Dogs And Canary Wharf, (N.A.)

Fig. 40 Geograph, The Blackwall Tunnell Southern Approach Road, (N.A.)

N Fig. 32 Yasmin Khan, Infrastructure, (2011) Scale: 1:10 000


Railway/DLR Railway2 Road road tunnel Tunnell

Conservation Area

River Tidal Water

Land Use

The land uses in the area are many and different, but the make up of it means that the individual land uses are still isolated, and fail to provide good mixed use neighbourhoods.

N Fig. 33 Yasmin Khan, Land Use, (2011) Not to Scale








Tidal Water




Fig. 8 Yasmin Khan, Conservation Area, (2011) Not to Scale

Commercial/Trade Figure

Conservation Area

Fig. 34 Yasmin Khan, Historical Conservation Area, (2011)

Reading   London Borough of Tower Hamlets,  (2007)  Balfron Tower Conservation Area  Appendix D – Conservation area Appraisals And Management Guidelines    Warburton, Nigel  (2004)  Erno Goldfinger – the life of an architect  Routledge, London.    PRP Architects, (2011)  Balfron Tower And Carradale House, Tower Hamlets  (Accessed 25 October 2011)‐work/reuse‐retrofit/projects/balfron‐ tower‐hamlets.html    Blueprint (2010)  A Portrait of the Balfron  (Accessed 24 October 2011)‐work/reuse‐retrofit/projects/balfron‐ tower‐hamlets.html    Design Museum, British Council (2006)  Erno Goldfinger  (Accessed 24 October 2011)‐goldfinger    Open2, (N.A.)  From here to modernity Architects­ Erno Goldfinger  (Accessed 24 October 2011)    Tate, (N.A.)  Glossary­Brutalism  (Accessed 20 October 2011)    PRP Architects, (2011)  Brownfield Estate­ Public Realm and Infill Sites – Design And Access Statement  PRP Architects, Available on request                 

Sources  (Accessed 30 October 2011)  (Accessed 30 October 2011)            Images    Fig. 1 Evening Standard, Robin Hood Gardens Estate, 2011  [online]‐23450247‐top‐ architects‐in‐fight‐to‐save‐east‐end‐block‐of‐  (Accessed 30 October 2011)    Fig. 2 Guitardemon666, National Bank of Macedonia, 2009  [online]  (Accessed 29 October 2011)      Fig. 3 Le Monde, Unitee d’Habitation, N.A.  [online]  (Accessed 29 October 2011)    Fig. 4 Unknown, Erno Goldfinger, N.A.  [online]  (Accessed 30 October 2011)    Fig. 5 Yasmin Khan, Balfron Tower, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 6 Yasmin Khan,  Carradale House, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 7 Yasmin Khan, Glenkerry House, 2011  [photo]    Fig. 8 Yasmin Khan, Conservation Area, 2011   [modified image]    Fig. 9 Yasmin Khan, Burcham Street Court, 2011    [photo]    Fig. 10  Yasmin Khan, Dead End, 2011  

[photo]   Fig. 11 Yasmin Khan, Pedestrian Access And Movement, 2011   [modified image]    Fig.12 Yasmin Khan, Garden, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 13 Yasmin Khan, Access, 2011   [photo]        Fig. 14 Kate Pugh, Langdon Park DLR and Bus Station, 2007   [online]  (Accessed 28 October 2011)    Fig. 15, D8 Bus, 2011   [online]  (Accessed 30 october 2011)    Fig. 16 Yasmin Khan, Slope, 2011  [photo]    Fig. 17 Yasmin Khan, Elevated Space, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 18 Yasmin Khan, Garage Access, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 19 Yasmin Khan, Bing Streetmap, Aerial, 2011   [modified image] cuMSZiYj02NS4zNDE0ODUxODIxMTc2JTdlNDEuMzE2ODYzMjk3NSU3ZTMyLjM0N zE3MDA1MDc5MDMlN2UtNDAuMzMzNTI3MzI3NQ==  (Accessed 28 October 2011)    Fig. 20 Yasmin Khan, Garden State, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 21 Yasmin Khan, Fenced Off, 2011   (photo]    Fig. 22 Yasmin Khan, Street Lights, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 23 Yasmin Khan, Glenkerry Front Court, 2011   [photo]   

Fig. 24 Yasmin Khan, Mixed Materials, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 25 Yasmin Khan, Exposed Aggregate, 2011   [photo]    Fig. 26 Yasmin Khan, Grid Tiles, 2011   [2011]    Fig. 27 Yasmin Khan, Street With Tree, 2011   [photo]      Fig. 28 Yasmin Khan, Public Transport Services, 2011   [modified image]      Fig. 29 Yasmin Khan Figure Ground, 2011   [modified image]    Fig. 30 Yasmin Khan, Green Spaces, 2011   [modified image]    Fig. 31 Yasmin Khan, Hydrology, 2011   [modified image]    Fig. 32 Yasmin Khan, Infrastructure, 2011   [modified image]    Fig. 33 yasmin Khan, Land Use, 2011   [modified image]    Fig. 34 Yasmin Khan, Historical Conservation Area, 2011   [modified image]    Fig. 35 Hidden House History, Victorian Terrace, N.A.  [online] hitecture/eg_facades.php  (Accessed 30 october 2011)    Fig. 36 Mail Online, Robin Hood Estate, 2008   [online]‐528745/Why‐wont‐ architect‐Lord‐Rogers‐pay‐visit‐grim‐estate‐wants‐preserved.html  (Accessed 30 October 2011)    Fig. 37 stevecadman, Brownfield Estate,  2008   [online]  (Accessed 30 october 2011) 

Fig. 38 BBC/Lion TV, The Isle of Dogs And Canary Wharf, N.A.  [online]‐ From‐Above.html?image=3  Accessed 1 November 2011)      Fig. 39 National Maritime Museum, London, Blackwall Tunnell Poplar Entrance,  N.A.  [online]‐ Poplar‐entrance‐to‐the‐Blackwall‐Tunnel‐1927.html  (Accessed 1 November 2011)    Fig. 40 Geograph, Blackwall Tunnell Southern Approach Road, N.A.  [online]  (Accessed 2 November 2011)                             

Balfrdon Tower and Carradale House  

Landscape Architecture assignment about Balfron Tower and Carradale House estate in Poplar, London

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