Molly Anna provided a platform for the culminating event; a panel discussion with members of the selection committee including representatives of Architects Journal and the Maida Hill Neighborhood Association. Ruchi Chakravarty, Urban Design Coordinator for the Westminster City Council, called attention to the “cathedral-like ceiling” of the sweeping concrete overhead. Sir William Atkinson, Chairman of the Canal and River Trust Advisory Board, spoke loftily about what partners might do to render positive changes permanent in this spot.
The festival ended. Infrastructure was disassembled. The site regained its windswept look. Four years later, it’s time to revisit past efforts and see what we’ve learned, what’s changed and what’s now possible. In the wake of Covid, London needs outdoor venues more than ever, opportunities for people to re-connect and as hedges against return of a virus that shutters indoor venues.