The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has set out his vision to transform London’s public spaces and create “beautifully designed oases” throughout the capital.
Over the next three years, in excess of £220 million will be invested in more than 50 public space projects, ranging from redesigned streets to reclaimed green spaces and waterways.
“I want to work with the boroughs and other bodies to shape and breathe new life into London’s public spaces,” said Johnson. “This means creating a network of well designed and enticing outdoor areas, which increase our city’s popularity as a place to live in, visit and invest.”
His vision, published as ‘London’s Great Outdoors – A Manifesto for Public Space’ is supported by two practical guides that set out his principles for designing better streets, roads and squares as well as better green and water spaces.
‘Better Streets – Practical Steps’ aims to show how small measures and larger planned redevelopments can make London’s streets and unique public squares more user friendly and attractive, thriving places to be in.
‘Better Green and Water Spaces – Practical Steps’ aims to highlight how many of the capital’s parks, green spaces and waterways can be made more accessible and pleasant for Londoners.
Meanwhile, Tate director Nicholas Serota has been appointed to Johnson’s Design Advisory Panel following the resignation of Richard Rogers.