Ash Sakula Architects has opened a design contest for a series of moveable parks in east London
Six winning designs will be constructed at the studio’s Canning Town Caravanserai meanwhile use project and later relocated to a new site in Poplar.
The Parks on Wheels competition seeks ‘attractive, playful and engaging’ community gardens which can be moved by no more than five people.
According to the brief: ‘As London continually undergoes redevelopment, slack sites everywhere lie empty. These are prime locations for local groups to come together and construct communal spaces and gardens for themselves, like the Canning Town Caravanserai.
‘This creates a sense of ownership for the residents, however, this deters landowners from releasing their land as there can be resistance when the time comes to develop. A Parks on Wheels allows local groups to easily relocate when the need arises, allowing all invested energy to be sustained.’
All entries will feature in a public exhibition and the winning designs will be announced on 30 January.
A budget of £200 is available for each structure and the selected participants will be encouraged to use local waste materials to construct their designs.
Judges include Bartlett School of Architecture head Bob Shiel and Liza Fior of muf architecture/art.
Applications should include two A3-sized pdf sheets explaining the project. A £15 entrance fee is also required.
The deadline for submissions is 12 January.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information