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    Learning from Hampstead’s Pergola: walking and image-making at a spectacular Edwardian structure

    Edensor, Tim ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4715-6024 (2022) Learning from Hampstead’s Pergola: walking and image-making at a spectacular Edwardian structure. Landscape Research. ISSN 0142-6397

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the extraordinary 245-metre-long Pergola on Hampstead Heath, designed by renowned landscape architect Thomas Mawson between 1905 and 1925, and funded by William Lever, Lord Leverhulme, owner of the property. The paper focuses on the Pergola’s potential as an exemplar for considering more creative, sensory and sociable provision for urban pedestrians After detailing its origins and key features, the discussion explores the shifting uses of the Pergola over the past hundred years as it has changed from private realm to public space, yet these changes have accentuated its enduring landscape architectural qualities as a structure for pleasurable walking. The paper particularly focuses how the structure has been adopted as a contemporary site for walking and as a venue for numerous photographic and filmic practices. I conclude by suggesting that these virtues might inform more assiduous pedestrians provision following the rise in walking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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