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Pop-up Parks

What is it?

In the downtown areas of many cities you can see empty lots where building projects have been halted due to the recession. Why not do something useful there instead of letting the garbage collect? Here’s an idea: put a park or allotment or market on the empty sites of all those aborted developments.

That’s just what they are doing on one high-profile plot in the centre of London. A 48 storey sky scraper is not being built. Instead, the developer, with a push from the City of London, has challenged young architects to come up with alternative uses for the land. What a great opportunity for a new practice to make their mark

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The winner of the competition, Mitchell Taylor Workshop, has won the competition to transform the site into a farm, complete with chickens. A palette of vegetables, fruits, cereal crops and flowers has been put together to allow fresh produce every month and to provide plant interest and colour throughout the year.

In Leeds, a temporary “art park” was created on a mothballed building site. It proved so popular that its usage has been extended until the end of the year and it has been shortlisted for a prize in the Leeds Architecture Awards.

A large site in Camden (a residential area) meant for a 26 storey residential highrise will now become a temporary football (soccer) pitch with 5 fields plus a changing facility. The local council said that they “would welcome a beneficial use” rather than see the site sit vacant.

On Oxford Street, London’s busiest shopping street, a Christmas market, complete with stalls and ferris wheels has been set up on a massive empty building site. Destined to become a retail complex, for the next 2 months it will have crafts, jewellery and of course, glogg wine.

Why it’s cool?

Sustainibility is these days a very big issue. All that building is very environmentally unfriendly. Instead of large officebuidings you can build places for young working people who can relax in there sparetime. Sportive people how can do their sports, healthy places to relax and can maintain there own little garden with veggies. The sky isn’t the limit anymore. Less is more and more ecofriendly things are the new skyscrapers!


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