Southwark Lido
Gattacicova • £10
Available from the Architecture Foundation in Tooley Street

The Southwark Lido, which delighted locals and visitors during its short life in Union Street in Summer 2008, lives on through this paperback.
The lido was a temporary installation on a plot of derelict land as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

The book records through words and pictures the contribution so many people made to the project – from the young people taking part in SOWF’s Street Genius programme to Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

Property developer Roger Zoglovich writes about how the lido project “sidestepped the abstract and frustrating limitations of long-term development processes to create a real and pleasurable place”. He says that the lido taught him about the benefits of conversation rather than confrontation and that “development can simply be a process of gradual occupation, allowing many constituencies to participate and make a site their own”.

In his chapter, Peter Graal of Bankside Open Spaces Trust describes how when the time came for the lido to be demolished, the plants were given away to older SE1 residents who had been part of “Bankside’s metamorphosis from a place of pollution and industry to one of leisure and creative pursuit”.

A fascinating diagram reveals where the materials for the lido were sourced: pebbles from Erith, sandals from Bermondsey Street’s Terra Plana and much else besides from Travis Perkins in Redcross Way. At the end of the book a similar chart shows how everything was reused afterwards: the timber went to Climate Camp and two beach huts were donated to BOST whilst other items were sold to fund the travel of the Paris-based EXYZT collective that, along with Sara Muzio, made the whole thing possible.

This book, produced in a limited edition of 600, is a valuable record of a summer of community-building activity in the heart of Bankside that won’t be forgotten for a long time.



Following the success of EXYZT’s Southwark Lido in July 2008, which attracted much positive feedback from visitors and residents alike, we have published a book of images and texts on the Lido with the participation of The Architecture Foundation, EXYZT and Solid Space.

The book documents the life of the Lido and people’s responses to it. It serves both as a souvenir and as a suggestion of the possibilities offered by the temporary activation of sites in transition.

The book is now on sale for £10 per copy, plus p&p. You can also purchase copies at a solidarity price of £20 per copy; all proceeds will be invested in future publications.

Please email us at (at) if you would like to buy copies. Alternatively, you can buy the book at the following bookshops:

AA Bookshop
Architectural Association
36 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3ES
020 7887 4041

The Architecture Foundation
Ground Floor East
136–148 Tooley St
London SE1 2TU
020 7084 6767

The Building Centre Bookshop
26 Store Street
London WC1E 7BT
020 7692 4040

Koenig Books at the Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
020 7706 4907

RIBA Bookshop London
Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 6DW
020 7256 7222

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
020 7401 5167


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