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Forgotten Spaces London - Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich and Hackney

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Public toilets, canalside parks and cafes: all the Forgotten Spaces London 2013 entries for Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich and Hackney

Croydon Common by Holly Hayward

Croydon Common

The proposal seeks to redefine the territory surrounding the Croydon flyover as a public ‘common’. A celebration of seemingly problematic and bold urban forms, the 5 ½ acre landscape will be adapted to accommodate a variety of overtly public program.


From The Ashes by CP Studios, Carl Pringle & Beth Carter

From The Ashes

During recession and austerity businesses and high streets suffer, leaving empty shops and building fabric decay. We wanted to create a symbol of change, growth, individuality and creativity. We wanted to promote the unique independent quarter of Croydon.


Reanimate Surface Parking Space by Valley Retail Park, Inside Croydon Website, Rockefeller Plaza Website, Tika Savitri Deddy Hasan


A space where the public can use the space in every season. Bringing activities into the space is an effort to knit together the sense of place with surrounding uses.


Shed ZED by Colour Urban Design Ltd.

Shed ZED

ShedZED A proposal to transform the scattering of metal sheds that comprise Valley Park retail centre on Purley Way into a responsive, industrious, innovative place with a permeable public realm, at the centre of which is a new localised watershed.


The Pipeline by Andrew Young and Klara Kedborn

The Pipeline

A simple and cost effective green pipeline network cutting through the suburbs of London. Provides walking and cycling routes and creates a greater sense of community whilst utilising existing unused strips of land above London’s sewer network.


Hailing Suburban Pilgrims by Teri Okoro, Kudzai Tapfumareji, Derick Ansong-Nimo, Happy Yeung

Hailing Suburban Pilgrims

Site is a boarded up space is invisible to the community and travellers alike. Our intervention to hail suburban pilgrims transversing the periphery of this forgotten space, references the Railway Hotel which once stood there offering travellers a resting place.


Seminarium by Nicholas Kirk Architects


Seminarium is a cluster of vertical gardens that emerge from North Circular underpass adjacent to the River Lee Navigation Channel. At its heart, is a market garden and landscape inspired by local history which celebrates the idiosyncrasies of the area.


The Meridian Gateway Picture Tunnel by B+T Studio, Luis Alberto Torres and Henrietta Billings

The Meridian Gateway Picture Tunnel

The site is an unsuspecting underpass sitting underneath the North Circular A406, adjacent to River Lee and a National Cycle Route 1. We create a new destination: the ‘Water Cinema’, amphitheatre, cafe and bar.


Underpass Café by Aikari Paing

Underpass Café

Our proposal is a public WC and a café pod for the Meridian Water Underpass. The proposal responds to the most obvious needs of those passing through the site: the cyclists, the barges, the walkers and the joggers.


The Forage Factory by Saville Jones Architects

The Forage Factory

A unique urban ”Forage Farm” located in ‘dead space’ under a highway in south east London, offering employment, training and education, and providing healthy nutritious food and income to the communities in Thamesmead. A green facility in the widest sense.


The Gasworks by Patrick Judd & Ash Bonham


The Gasworks gives new purpose to a redundant but historically significant structure. Providing a social and cultural heart to future communities with the provision of new parklands, a public square and a truly unique venue space.


Time & Tide Greenwich Lido by FWD Architecture - Dal Hadley

Time&Tide Greenwich Lido

The proposed Lido would address a severe shortage of swimming facilities in Greenwich and provide a more direct link to the Thames which has such a central role in the history of Greenwich in particular and London as a whole.


Fingers by Elisabet Olle Amat and Stuart Evens


In a street not too far in the distance, old meets new, digital gadgetry sits amongst Victorian high street warehouses. Where buses and bicycles vie for position, where brick pilasters a century old are reflected in the glazing and steel.


The Mole Man’s Public House by Paul Fielding & Mark Lyle

The Mole Man's Public House, Hackney

The Mole Man’s House - a public open space and network of tunnels, lightly in-filled as a series of candle-lit bars, dens and snugs. Knitting into Dalston’s underground nightlife scene.


Build a Block by Chris Haines, Applied Landscape Design

Build a Block

Build a Block is a live project which sees the transformation of a forgotten space into a creative, sustainable and functional hub delivering essential local services through the means of ‘blocks’.


Reclaiming the canalside… by Bethany Gale

Reclaiming the canalside...

This proposal focuses on reclaiming the canalside land, opening it up through: Engaging with the canal’s industrial past; Transforming the gas works into a canalside ‘park’Connecting the community with the canal by making it a destination.


SH.HX. ON TOP by Nerea Aranbarri Kortabarria


Because the result of a comprehensive planning of a set of forgotten spaces is greater than the sum of tiny interventions in individual forgotten spaces. FS* = FS1 + FS2 + FS3 + FS4 + FS5 + FS6…





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