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Winners in contest for east London moveable parks revealed

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Six winning teams have been announced in the design contest for a series of moveable parks in east London

The ‘Parks on Wheels’ competition – organised by Ash Sakula Architects – sought ‘attractive, playful and engaging’ community gardens which can be moved by no more than five people.

Winners included Barlett Part 1 graduates Georgina Halabi and Alex Anderson – who proposed an elevated stage to travel around schools and parks – and garden designer Therese Rebeiz who proposed a mobile allotment based on the fruit carts of Beirut.

The Parks on Wheels competition winners

Louisa Varelidi and Stella Papazoglou of Greece-based studio Polisgram were meanwhile chosen for their travelling community space focussing on tea drinking culture.

Lincoln Part 1 graduate Nicholas Birchall – who works for Jordan & Bateman Architects – was also selected for his moveable seed bank intended to help people influence their surroundings.

The winning teams

  • Parks on Rails - Sarina Da Costa Gomez and Tessa Steenkamp -A fold out park based on an old sewing box and the dimensions of the DLR’s step free access
  • POPlar Park - Georgina Halabi and Alex Anderson - A playful elevated park that travels round school and parks, creating stages and places for play
  • Plant, grow & drink - Louisa Varelidi & Stella Papazoglou - A tiny traveling community space that focuses on the philosophy and culture of drinking and growing tea
  • Plant it, Grow it, Share it, Eat it - Mark Torrens and Will Greaves - A means of encouraging people to grow their own food by using tools to teach and facilitate mobile herb growth
  • The Travelling Allotment - Therese Rebeiz - A mobile allotment based on the fruit carts of Beirut where the community can come together to grow ingredients for certain recipes
  • The Seed Dispenser - Nicholas Birchall - A seed bank where you make your own custom mix of seeds that grows into a tiny garden. You can use this to help control and influence your surroundings

The winners will collaborate to produce three moveable gardens based on their competition-winning designs.

The trio of structures will be constructed – with help from London Metropolitan University architecture students – at the Ash Sakula’s Canning Town Caravanserai meanwhile use project and later relocated to a new site in Poplar.

Competition judges included Bartlett School of Architecture head Bob Shiel and Liza Fior of muf architecture/art.

The finished gardens will be unveiled at Canning Town Caravanserai in east London on 1 April.





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