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Forgotton Spaces

As an ideas competition is launched by RIBA to bring attention to overlooked spaces in London, we wonder if there are any Bankside spaces that could benefit from a fresh view.
Valerie Beirne
Bankside Urban Forest Manager
Timescale: 
March 2013
Key Partners: 
RIBA

Responding to the Mayor of London’s aim of promoting the highest quality of architecture and urban design in regeneration projects, the RIBA has teamed up with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute, as well as Ordnance Survey and developer Qatari Diar, to launch a new Forgotten Spaces ideas competition for 2013.

Based on the highly successful concept developed by RIBA London in 2010 and 2011, the competition seeks out redundant spaces across Greater London and invites innovative design proposals for re-use and regeneration. The 2013 competition will give entrants the option to select their own site, or consider specific sites put forward by London Boroughs that have been earmarked for redevelopment.

The competition asks: How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, spaces under railways or on our rooftops?

A ‘forgotten space’ could be small or large – an empty unit, a scrubland, a derelict building, underpass or flyover. The proposal could be simple or complex, commercial or public, a piece of public art or a new building, the main requirement is that it responds to the local area and serves a function for the community. Designers are encouraged to engage and work with local groups where possible.

Open to RIBA, RTPI and Landscape Institute members, as well as students, artists, members of the public and community groups across the UK, the competition creates a broad platform for discussion across all age groups and disciplines.

Feb 22 2013