High Line for London exhibition at City Hall
Launched by the LI in partnership with London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Garden Museum, and inspired by the success of Manhattan’s High Line urban park, the competition attracted 170 entries from around the world.
Winning design ‘Pop Down’, by Fletcher Priest Architects features an underground mushroom farm beneath Oxford Street illuminated by street-level glass-fibre mushrooms. Other short-listed designs include city wide strategies like using the tops of buses, trams and trains as mobile gardens, and small-scale community projects such as planting miniature urban woodlands, in the capital’s ‘forgotten spaces’.
Locations selected include a disused mail tunnel, the forgotten Fleet River near Blackfriars, Shoreditch High Street, and a stretch of the A20 in south London. Several themes appear to dominate the shortlisted entries, including the significance of journeys and the power of water. For more details click here .
There is now a dedicated website for the competition called New London Landscape with details of all the entries which you can search by location or type of entry. The website also provides information on green infrastructure. For more details on the exhibition, click here.