This Pecha-Kucha is open to all via Zoom. There will be six presentations from invited architects, artists and planners who work locally. Each will present a utopian vision of how Norwood High Street could be regenerated. Pecha Kucha is a presentation form of 20 images for 20 seconds. The slides change automatically, and the speaker must synchronise their speech with the images.
The British high street has been in gradual decline for the past 20 years. The number of empty shops in 2020 is at a record high of 12% nationally. However, the COVID-19 lockdown might lead to a re-emergence of the high street because during lockdown, residents have turned to their corner shops for their convenience and proximity to home. We think there is untapped potential in Norwood High Street, which is currently an area with limited commerce but with a wealth of industry, artists and makers working around its edges.
Working with the local community and in collaboration with Station to Station, the Business Improvement District for Tulse Hill and West Norwood, A Small Studio proposes a radical re-think of the use of this high street, as a month-long digital consultation on The Power of Norwood High Street.