Quick word association: I say Cricklewood, you say…
Let’s face it, it’s either going to be ‘The Goodies’ or a glazed stare and no second date. Whatever your level of ambivalence, London’s premier discount furniture strip is currently the focus of a project by Spacemakers – the bright sparks who turned Brixton Village into a food-lover’s heaven – to give the area, at long last, its own identity.
It takes the form of a ‘mobile town square’, a beautifully designed mini municipal monolith that packs down into the back of a rickshaw and will be transforming various neglected patches of ground into pleasant places to sit throughout September. It will host a programme of events aimed at inspiring community – including a dance show (Sep 8, 5-9pm), a guerrilla library (Sep 15, all day), chess tournament (Sep 22, 3-6pm), a conference on the psychology of public spaces (Sep 27, 2-7pm) and a cinema on a rooftop car park (Sep 28, 6-10pm).
But if you’re in NW2 it’s worth tracking down for the gorgeous Trumptonesque town hall itself designed by structural innovator Kieren Jones and meticulous all the way down to its faithful replica of a Smith’s town clock, which astute locals will recognise as iconic Cricklewood design. Don’t touch the note-perfect streaks of pigeon splatter, though – they’re probably real. Chris Bourn
Find out more about the Cricklewood Town Square.