Mobile parks will travel around east London
Architect Ash Sakula has launched a competition calling for ideas for 'Parks on Wheels'. Six of the winning designers will have the opportunity to build their proposal in February, with funding from the Transform Pocket Parks initiative, in time to be planted in the spring. This is a pilot project to use undeveloped sites and transform them into community gardens with the idea of relocation central to its ethos.
All the entries will be displayed in a public exhibition at one of Poplar Housing and Regeneration Association's venues on 16 January, followed by the announcement of the winning designs. The six winning designers will present their ideas at an opening party on January 30th at Ash Sakula’s offices in Clerkenwell, London. They will then lead a group of volunteers in the construction of their Park on Wheels at the Canning Town Caravanserai in east London throughout February.
Once constructed the Parks on Wheels will begin their journey to Poplar, stopping off at local schools and estates on the way, engaging with the children and local residents. In this ad-hoc spirit each Park on Wheels will be fabricated from the building waste surrounding Canning Town.
Ash Sakula says: 'We are after more than just a planter on wheels, we want you to really question what a park could provide.'
See details of the competition here.