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Forgotten Spaces London - Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest

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Harnessing Crossrail, an urban flare and a vertical darm: all the Forgotten Spaces London 2013 entries for Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest

A Regents Ribbon by Philip Dugdale

A Regents Ribbon

A bold, angular form that uses strong, robust materials fitting with the industrial heritage of the area. The boardwalk wraps around the base of the gasworks grounding it into the landscape, creating an interrelationship between the new and old.

Tower Hamlets

Adapt, Re-use by Claire Dale-Lace

Adapt, Re-use

This meanwhile proposal would contribute to the high street and serve the surrounding communities by providing a flexible and adaptable space to gather; finding and placing value on this forgotten space.

Tower Hamlets

Cross-Trail by Poplar HARCA, Baily Garner LLP and Standerwick Land Design


Cross-Trail harnesses movement and energy of trains passing through Crossrail tunnels underneath the site to support the community above, creating a green interactive parkland and providing power, heat and fun.

Tower Hamlets

Hidden Light by Threefold Architects

Hidden Light

An urban flare that acts as a lambent manifestation of the latent energy and lost victorian technology that runs beneath our feet.

Tower Hamlets

Learn:Make:Show by Kirkwood McCarthy, Fiona Kirkwood and Sophie McCarthy


Learn:Make:Show is an urban infill project that uses a modulated building system to bring an abandoned partially-built structure to use. Bethnal Green is rewarded with a youth complex for education, skill development and recreation.

Tower Hamlets

Monster Soup by NoWall Architecture: Guido Robazza; Juliet Heap; Ian Shillito; Juan Molina; Mauricio Chaves

Monster Soup

An educational intervention bringing to life the history of the Thames, inspired by the 19th Century etching by William Heath. The concept uses Dead Man’s Hole and its former morgue beneath Tower Bridge creating new, innovative event and education spaces.

Tower Hamlets

Raising Space by Studio RNR - Steve Ranson, Rhys Nicholas and Gareth Reading

Raising Space

Raising Space involves the installation of an inflatable planetarium within one of Bethnal Green’s iconic gasholders. Beneath London’s polluted night sky, this new intervention would provide a rare opportunity to visualize and learn about the universe in which we exist.

Tower Hamlets

Sculpture & Sons by David Hunter-Wade and Alex Chinneck


Sculpture & Sons is a 5 storey sculpture park, constructed from telescopic metal cubes within an existing concrete structure. The components can be arranged to suit the artworks they contain, with views from within The Oval and along Regent’s Canal.

Tower Hamlets

Streetschool by Darren Reynolds


Streetschool aims to encourage children to walk and cycle by teaching them road safety and cycling skills using bikes and pedal cars at a special scaled-down fully-functioning road network complete with signs, road markings, traffic lights, shared use zones, etc.

Tower Hamlets

The Queen’s Bees by Ian Wale

The Queen's Bees

The Queen’s Bees sees the creation of a golden meadow and apiary in the historic moat of the Tower of London to raise awareness of the plight of the honey bee.

Tower Hamlets

‘Vista’ by twelve architects & masterplanners


‘Vista’ is a compact, social enterprise, cafe bistro on the Isle of Dogs for pedestrian commuters. The proposal offers a valuable pause in the busy, daily routine between leaving home and arriving at work.

Tower Hamlets

Vertical Farm in Tower Hamlets by Jiri Richter, Martin Dohnalek and with consultation with Paul Smyth from Farm:Shop

Vertical Farm in Tower Hamlets

Our aim is to give a new life and a new meaning to the Gasholders and make it useful for Londoners once again!

Tower Hamlets

Helter - Skopia by ORMS Architects and Designers: Rosemary Bard, Ivan Equihua, Gary Yari-Gerrard, James Johnson, Richard Keating, Stephen Morey, Daniela Slaveva and Alun Williams

Helter - Skopia

A shared garden wonderland occupies a forgotten corner of an ever-growing school to create a garden to explore, play & learn in. A liminal space between community & school, it opens up & enhances the relationship between school & community.

Waltham Forest



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