Proposals for Forgotten Spaces: Pocket Wilderness; Portobello Pop Up; Princes Circus; Projection Centre; Public Convenience; Public Toilet; Push. Pull. Play.; Queens Circus; Ravenet Arcade; rEC2; Reconnecting the Community and Regent’s Canal Towpath
Forgotten Spaces is an ideas competition run by RIBA London in collaboration with Design for London. Its brief was to propose innovative ways of taking advantage of under utilized sites within the city.
The ‘Pocket Wilderness’ proposes a distillation of rugged upland landscapes on a small urban site; a miniature ‘great outdoors’, providing thrilling physical challenge, spectacle, and passive enjoyment, in a natural biodiverse and sustainable open space.
A proposal for a pop-up cinema under the Westway.
Source: Space Syntax
The redesign of an underperforming public urban space in Central London, based on detailed pedestrian movement surveys and a spatial accessibility analysis.
This leftover space along the canal is the perfect viewing platform for the Hackney Gasholders. As the gasholders rise, films are projected on their sides, celebrating the historic energy infrastructure through the local art community.
From sexual deviancy to sexual responsibility. An abandoned public toilet reclaimed as a sexual health clinic.
Source: Ju:Ko Designs Ltd
Public Toilets are a neglected part of London’s urban realm. There has been a decline in number, and a recession in the procurement of new toilets for the city. As London prepares to host the 2012 Olympic Games this project looks to restore an abandoned toilet.
A set of streetscape interventions which push, pull and play with the public realm of Hoxton Street Market, to make it a place which can be truly public.
Source: Randle Siddeley Associates
The creation of an oasis of calm in the surrounding melee, with an interactive lighting display announcing the space as a meeting of routes, and the entrance to Battersea Park.
Source: Salkild Design
The restoration of neglected railway arches to create a vibrant community arts space including artisan workshops, performance space, art wall, coffee bar and a vertical garden.
Raised above street level on an old section of viaduct, rEC2 is a retreat from the dense city below. This diverse, undulating green landscape hides a small library, food market and one lane pool, providing a place for people to find space.
An abandoned railway bridge is transformed into a new library for the Waterloo community.
A landscape link, public space and city gift.
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Forgotten Spaces: All 20 shortlisted entries feature in a public exhibition at the National Theatre until 4 July www.nationaltheatre.org.uk