Ground-breaking green space projects celebrated at new exhibition
by Alice Wright
The Thames Baths Project / Temple Stairs, copyright: Studio Octopi & Picture Plane
A new exhibition celebrating the transformation of London’s public spaces opened at The Building Centre today.
Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces, which marks think tank New London Architecture’s (NLA) tenth anniversary, includes a range of innovative green space projects such as the Thames Baths Project – a plan to create a swimming pool on the Thames, The Edible Bus Stop and Northala Fields, completed in 2008, which has four striking conical mounds along the A40 created from recycled waste.
The exhibition presents a timeline tracking the key initiatives, people and projects from 2005 to 2015 that have driven a shift in attitude to the way public space in London is designed, delivered and managed.
Peter Murray, NLA’s chairman, said: “Delivery of public realm in London is a key challenge as the city’s population grows and development becomes more dense. NLA’s Public London programme will look at how London’s public space can be funded and delivered in the future.”
The exhibition is the result of a major study of public space in the capital, conducted by NLA over the last six months.
Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces, runs until July 11 at The Building Centre. Opening hours are 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. Admission is free.