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Martyn Evans index

The most successful places are messy ecosystems that have evolved over time, says Martyn Evans

Last week I spoke at an event during the launch weekend of the London Festival of Architecture. It was organised by Pidgin Perfect, an interesting collective of placemakers based in Glasgow.

They’ve built an installation in the middle of Get Living’s East Village PRS development just beside the Olympic Park in London and are using it to hold a series of events throughout June that will “explore how subtle changes made to space, daily routine and approaches to community engagement can lead to wider long-term shifts in the identity of a place”.

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