Imagining London as a National Park City

There has been a competition running for a while, asking people to think about a vision for how London as National Park City might look.

Artists, designers and architects were invited to imagine and visualise what a future London National Park City could look like in a design challenge set by the newly established National Park City Foundation. A panel of judges reviewed over 50 entries from around the world and picked four winning visions.
Making London a National Park City is a large-scale and long-term vision that has the potential to improve life in the capital by making the city radically greener and connecting more people to the city's remarkable heritage.

Back in June, there were some winning entries announced over on the website and you should check them out, as they relate to many projects which involve exploring cities and urban spaces. Dan Raven Ellison has just completed a big spiral walk into the centre of London.

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I loved these ideas for renewing areas of cities, and increasing the connection with nature.

The judging panel was made up of a range of experts and some of the National Park City Foundation’s trustees. These include author and journalist Will Self, Andrew Grant (Grant Associates), Gemma Ginty (Future Cities Catapult), Alison Prendiville (London College of Communication), Steve Head (Wildlife Gardening Forum), Pat Fitzsimons (Thames Estuary Partnership), Ben Smith (AECOM), Judy Ling Wong (Black Environment Network) and Melissa Sterry (Bionic City).

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