Ever since designing and developing ideas for Multileveled Vertical Urban Allotments, my final degree project I have become interested and intrigued by projects that make use of neglected spaces of cities and focus on innovative design solutions that introduce new ideas to local areas in order to improve life of their residents.
Forgotten Spaces exhibition that was held at Somerset House, London and lasted until today showcased 28 projects that were shortlisted from total of 138 entries. All projects were submitted to the organizer the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) by architects, engineers, students and designers in the spring of 2011.
The exhibition focused on ‘the growing movement that reconsiders our relationship with the build environment’…’We are all stakeholders in the areas where we live, work and play.’
The exhibition introduced number of exciting projects grouped in four categories, PLAY, GROWING, CIVIC and INHABITED SPACES. All project included propose to reclaim places that people would mostly walk by without any notice. Forgotten spaces projects propose alternative ways of regenerating urban spaces and introduce new ideas to the local residents.
Interestingly the exhibition itself was held in Somerset Houses’ own forgotten spaces – the lightwells and coalholes surrounding The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court and the hidden passage know as the Deadhouse. Projects showcased were for example the Urban Physic Garden designed by Wayward Plants, Parkland Walk Gateway by Henry Williams and Stanton Williams Architects, Social behaviour proposal by Denizen Works.
And finally the winning project ‘(IN) Spires’ by Alex Scott Whitby, Studio AR proposing to created a series of low rent creative studios nesting within the belfries of the City of London’s Church Spires.
It was great to see exhibition such as Forgotten Spaces which encourages and motivates people to get involved in shaping the city they live in. Let’s hope projects like this will soon be realized in to reality and not just showcased in galleries….
You can see all 138 entries on the Ordnance Survey website here.