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October 2016 in brief

Posted on November 8th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

The big news stories of last month, summarised by the Citizen team

Food and drink hub Boxpark opens

The shipping container-based development finally opened its doors at the end of October. Featuring more than thirty bars, coffee shops, restaurants and other assorted eateries, the large development next to East Croydon station began with a two-day launch party, the thumping bass of which could be felt on East Croydon’s … Read More »

Beacons of hope: How I learned to love Croydon’s crane-filled sky

Posted on March 9th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Jonny Rose encourages his fellow Croydonians to look to the heavens for inspiration

It was James Naylor, Editor-in-Chief of the Croydon Citizen who first impressed upon me the importance of looking up when walking around Croydon.

According to James everything you needed to know about Croydon – where it is, where it’s come from and where it’s going – can be seen not by … Read More »

What’s brutal about Croydon?

Posted on July 17th, by Tom Winter in Culture. No Comments

Tom Winter on why Croydon’s a gentler suburb than its reputation suggests

What is brutalism? It’s a style of building associated with pioneers such as the French architect Le Corbusier, in which ‘béton brut (concrete), [is] treated… uncompromisingly, with the formwork patterns not only visible but deliberately emphasised [and in which] aspects of mechanical engineering become overtly displayed’. (That’s according to James Stevens Curl in his Architectural … Read More »

Croydon Tech City townhall: putting Croydon on the map in London Technology Week

Posted on June 30th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Event Reviews. No Comments

#Croydon #TechCity co-founder Jonny Rose reports on the movement’s sophomore summit

Almost a year after the success of our first Croydon Tech City summit, Croydon found itself once again hosting a summit of venture capitalists, tech companies, and property developers.

This time it was was bigger and better than before: over two hundred delegates attended the Croydon Tech City ‘townhall’ – a major … Read More »

Halls of residence: what can be done to save West Croydon? (Part 2)

Posted on June 9th, by Jonny Rose in Economics & Business. 12 comments

Jonny Rose envisages the boost to West Croydon that an influx of university students could bring

Whilst central Croydon is now being regenerated at a breathtaking pace thanks to the council-led masterplans, inward investment stimulated by Croydon Tech City and the arrival of Westfield in 2019, nearby West Croydon continues to be left in the doldrums: unappreciated, flagging.

In the first part … Read More »

Croydon’s rising skyline – an opportunity not to be missed

Posted on March 31st, by Tom Lickley in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Tom Lickley explores what is appropriate – and what isn’t – in skyscraper design and planning

“And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.” – Daniel Libeskind, … Read More »