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Forgotten Spaces: Millwall Dock Floating Gardens by Form Associates

[TOWER HAMLETS] A new natural ecosystem for Millwall Docks

Despite their busy history, and recentredevelopment, many of the waters of London Docklands remain silent and empty, often poorly integrated into the high density urban architecture. One such space is Millwall Inner Dock which struggles to respond to the water’s edge despite the surrounding residential buildings lacking associative amenity spaces.

The Floating Gardens scheme by Form Associatesinvolves a so-called ‘Migratory Green Urbanism’. This features a gradual introduction of interconnected floating habitats to create a linear park on the water from Millwall Inner Dock into West India Dock.

The principle components of the ‘Migratory Green Urbanism’ system are sustainable habitat zones in the form of floating islands; activity zones of floating islands to support recreation; a necklace of floating beaches and bridging components; and energy zones of floating islands with the means to generate wind and solar power. The plan also accommodates existing water user, including boats and water sports, and addresses the needs of the needs of people who live in the surrounding area.

Forgotten Spaces: All 20 shortlisted entries feature in a public exhibition at the National Theatre until 4 July

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