The edge condition: re-use of industrial heritage on urban waterfronts: a case of London’s second river

Evans, Graeme and House, Naomi ORCID logoORCID: (2017) The edge condition: re-use of industrial heritage on urban waterfronts: a case of London’s second river. Interventions I Adaptive Reuse, 8 . pp. 26-33. ISSN 2154-8498 [Article]

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This article offers an investigation of the lower Lee Valley and the re-use of selected waterfront industrial heritage buildings. The river creates an edge condition, simultaneously linking and separating the surrounding landscape and framing our experience of this obsolescent infrastructure. These watery fragments of the past slip into view as you descend into the valley towards the River Thames, offering a glimpse of London’s pasts, presents and possible futures. How might we identify an afterlife for this strange environment? And what narratives can be suggested through the adaptive re-use of the waterfront architecture that persists? Water provides a medium for land and buildings, and mediates both as its flows over time and space, eroding and reshaping the built and natural environment as it goes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ISBN 978-3-0356-1197-7
ISBN 978-0-9832723-6-6
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design
Item ID: 22509
Notes on copyright: The full text of the published version available in this repository ( with permission from the Interventions I Adaptive Reuse editor (; permission granted on 22/09/17.
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Depositing User: Graeme Evans
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 15:21
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:44

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