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Creating Healthy Places ideas competition


This year’s Green Infrastructure Week at the Garden Museum is supported by the Landscape Institute. As part of our Public Health and Landscape Project we are showcasing some of the best thinking on how to connect Green Infrastructure and public health.


Our Creating Healthy Places competition asked for fresh ideas - built, unbuilt, even unbuildable - demonstrating creative thinking on landscape and health.

Eight winners were chosen and will present their ideas at the Garden Museum’s Healthy Landscape Symposium on Wednesday 30 April at 5pm, as part of their Green Infrastructure week.

This will be a fast-paced and exciting session as each speaker has five minutes to show up to fifteen slides and explain about their ideas. Join us for a glass of wine and an evening of innovative thinking from a new generation of green visionaries.

Entry to this session is free and registration isn’t required.


Winning entries

Water boulevards | Baharash Bagherian, Baharash Architecture
Water boulevards"Water Boulevards is an integrated design approach between land and water, creating healthy places for people in dense cities whilst also mitigating the risks of flooding and pollution. The approach can be applied as a network of sustainable green streets in any city in risk of flooding."


Green(Burial)Infrastructure | Ann Sharrock, Landscape Architect and Ian Fisher, Manchester School of Architecture
"This paper proposes that land use plans direct future cemeteries away from the community fringe and encourage incorporating burial facilities into appropriate temporal un-programmed spaces, awaiting development. In other words to reframe death spaces as places that provide services to the living."


Revitalising the River Don | Alexander Saunders, University of SheffieldRevitalising the River Don
"The proposal looks at a planning scale for a section of the Don in the heart of Sheffield. Its neglected spaces can form the foundation for an extensive corridor in which potentially sacrificial, quick to install, mixed-use landscapes are used to reintegrate the city with its rivers."


Slow City: “Imagine a city without cars” | Rupert Dehaene-Gold & Atkins Shanghai Landscape StudiosSlow City
"Our dream is simple: Imagine a city without cars. Call it a Slow City, because it is made for people to live in and enjoy. Dream of all the benefits a car free city might give: new public space, sustainable transport, better air quality, and former roads converted into Food Parks where fresh produce can be grown."


Park life | Hannah Cameron & Atkins Shanghai Design Studio
Park life "The park is where we can meet friends, children play, we relax and take a deep breath, feeling escapism among the trees. What if we brought the park literally to our front door? What if we reclaimed private, residential streets as local community space?"


Arcadia culture | FairhurstArcadia culture
Although the terraced house has been modified in numerous ways, exterior spaces and surrounding streets have changed little. Modification of exterior space to include greenways that weave through existing terraces could benefit the health of residents and fit the aspirations of future communities.


Soap box: rejuvenating commuting communities | Chris Moss, Earthenware Landscape Architects Ltdsoap box
For many, the barrier to a healthy commute is not the lack of will or equipment but the absence of suitable showering and changing facilities. This project re-conditions old 20 and 40’ shipping containers into modular rainwater-fed showers, gardens and seating hubs.


Thames baths project | Studio Octopi, JCLA, Civic Engineersthames baths
We believe it is every Londoner’s right to have access to the River Thames. London’s largest public space has been enclosed by roads and buildings that restrict accessibility. We envision a river that safely permits swimming, connecting Londoners to the heartbeat of London.

Page last updated 23 April 2014

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The LI Competitions Office organises international landscape architecture and urban design competitions for a variety of clients and project types.

For further information please contact Events and Competitions Manager Sabina Mohideen or phone 020 7685 2647.

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