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Forgotten Spaces 2011 shortlisted: Liftplatz by Colin Rose and Katharine Hibbert

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[Newham] An easier and safer way for hitchhikers to travel in a thrifty way

The Liftplatz is a shelter for hitchhikers in an ideal spot for getting lifts out of London - a leafy patch of verge, thick with self-seeded undergrowth, where cars are passing slowly and are likely to be heading to the countryside or the sea.

The structure is built from reclaimed road signs.

The structure is built from reclaimed road signs. It draws drivers’ attention to those seeking lifts and provides safety features and creature comforts for waiting travellers. It is quick and cheap to build, requiring a minimum of new resources - in keeping with the spirit of hitching: a thrifty, environmentally friendly and surprisingly efficient way to travel.

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