‘Pop Up City: Ideas for re-using vacant urban sites’ was exhibition hosted by New London Architecture of the competition for 122 Leadenhall which lay vacant for a couple of years. On the invitation of British Land, thirteen young architectural practices responded as to what to do with this site which had already been dug up.
A recurrent idea was to implement some trees and urban gardens and create a walkway above the whole site. Here is a poor presentation of the proposals we liked best. Apologies for the bad quality of the pics and for not mentioning the names of all the selected practices. All we have are these bad pics which we hastily took as records when we visited the exhibition. We were told that the proposals would be online but unfortunately for us and for the architects and collectives involved in the competition, none of them are mentioned on the New London Architecture website.
Mitchell Taylor Workshop won the competition with their City Farm proposal but unfortunately the project won’t go ahead as building work is due to start shortly on the site. Read the post of Hattie Hartman on the exhibition.
For a complete version of the ay-architects proposal, visit the Projects>Public section of http://www.ayarchitects.com/
PS: On looking for information about the Pop Up City exhibition, I came across an online magazine of the same name. The Pop Up City magazine is an initiative of an Amsterdam- based agency for urban strategy, planning and research. There are a range of interesting projects both in the Pop Up City magazine and Golfstromen website.