Under the pressure of a growing citywide housing crisis, Outer London suburbs like Colindale are undergoing massive regeneration and housing development. Given that Colindale is seven years into the implementation of its regeneration plan, it is an important moment to capture some of the lived experiences of a neighborhood in transition. What happens in the interim? What are the different experiences of integration and isolation? Who moves on and who stays? How does the uncertainty and change impact individuals and community life?

Made for GY454 Urban Policy and Planning Course, LSE RUPS

Music by: Noah Teachey


Sophie is currently an MSc Candidate in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at the London School of Economics. Sophie hails from Philadelphia, PA where she worked for several years as a Planner with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. In this role she built innovative partnerships with institutions and communities to tackle issues around environmental injustice and outdoor access. Some highlights from her experience include working with middle schoolers in North Philly to transform their concrete playground into a community playscape; supporting residents in West Philadelphia to create a vibrant neighborhood greenway; and organizing urban canoeing programs for over 4,000 public school students and families in the Greater Philadelphia Area. 

She deeply believes that all people, regardless of race, class, gender, zip code, ability, experience, etc have the right to safe, fun, and transformative outdoor experiences in their own neighborhoods. She is committed to supporting individuals and communities to reclaim what it means to be “outdoorsy” or an “outdoor leader” so that these terms represent a wider range of people, cultures, and activities.

Sophie is a Natural Leaders Legacy Camp alumnae, is on the Board of Directors of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN), is a proud participant of the Selma to Montgomery Walking Classroom, and was recently recognized on the inaugural Outdoor 30 Under 30.