The Royal Institute of British Architects today confirmed details of the shortlists for the hugely popular Forgotten Spaces ideas competitions. With 147 submissions in London it is one of the largest open ideas competitions of its kind run by the RIBA.
The judges’ selection includes a range of innovative, imaginative and some more practical ideas of how to utilise overlooked or ‘forgotten’ sites in the capital.
Competition entrants could select their own site or use one of the five London ‘forgotten’ sites put forward by London boroughs – Croydon, Enfield, Hammersmith and Fulham, Newham and Wandsworth.
The London shortlist of 26 schemes includes proposals for a zoo and fishery in decommissioned gas holders in Bromley by Bow, an events space on floors 24 – 30 (the satellite platforms) of the iconic BT Tower, a public bathing facility in a disused tube station at Aldwych and the revival of the forgotten River Fleet at St Pancras Gardens. The full shortlist follows at the end of this release and can be viewed on the RIBA London website www.architecture.com/forgottenspaceslondon
The RIBA will announce competition winners and award cash prizes for both competitions to coincide with the launch of the two respective Forgotten Spaces exhibitions in the autumn. First prize will receive £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000. The London exhibition showcasing the shortlist and highlighting the winners will inhabit the hidden depths of Somerset House (the Lightwells and Deadhouse) 4 October – 10 November 2013, details of the Preston exhibition will be announced shortly.
The London judges were: Fiona Scott, member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group; Jeremy Titchen, Development Director, Qatari Diar UK Ltd; Peter Wynne Rees, The City Planning Officer, City of London; Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute; Paul Finch, Editorial Director, Architects’ Journal; and Alison Mayer, Senior Project Officer, Greater London Authority.
The RIBA London Forgotten Spaces is partnered by Qatari Diar, Ordnance Survey and the Mayor of London and is supported by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) London and the Landscape Institute. The Architects’ Journal is Media Partner.