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Vauxhall Missing Link: 100 contest entries to go on show

An exhibition is to be launched showcasing all 100 anonymous entries to RIBA’s and Vauxhall One’s Missing Link ideas competition

The unnamed proposals – which were drawn from 21 countries and include floating lidos, planted cycle paths and sky gardens – will be exhibited in London’s Garden Museum and in railway arches and parks in the Vauxhall area from 8 to 19 April.

Open to architects, landscape architects, designers and students, the contest asked participants to consider new green links along the River Thames and a nearby railway viaduct, drawing inspiration from New York’s High Line park.

Chris Law, Vauxhall One public realm and development director, said: ‘The number and quality of the entries are remarkable. There is a lively variation of ideas and many reoccurring themes. Our aim is to help create a great public realm for Vauxhall.

‘The ideas range from the bold imaginative concept, through quirky and fun to the highly practical and innovative. Some are even plainly bonkers. But this just adds to the amazing creative input.’

The public will be invited to comment on proposals during the exhibition. Three shortlisted teams are set to be announced in April, with each receiving an honorarium of £2,000 + VAT to present their designs. A student winner will also receive a £500 prize.

The judging panel, which includes RIBA president Angela Brady and Stephen Lawrence Trust founder Doreen Lawrence, is expected to announce a winner in May.

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