London is on track to become the world’s first National Park City. This large-scale and long-term vision has the potential to transform how Londoners live and how the city works. But what would London look like?
In partnership with Time Out, the London National Park City Foundation has launched a new competition challenging artists, designers, illustrators, cartographers, urbanists, film-makers, developers, architects, and landscape architects to help Londoners visualise the capital’s future as a National Park City.
The London National Park City movement draws from the values of the UK’s rural National Parks – better conservation, better enjoyment, and better economy – and extends these values into the urban context. Its aim is to make London physically and culturally greener, make more of our city’s outdoor heritage, and create a new identity for London and Londoners.
One of the most exciting things about making London a National Park City is the potential for Londoners to not only benefit from it, but to actually contribute to it. The competition is calling for visions of all scales, from London's balconies to the capital's watershed. It’s not just looking for ideas for future urban developments, but re-imaginations of London’s current cityscape that see gardens, streets, rivers, buildings as part of one interconnected landscape.
The large judging panel for the new competition includes a wide range of experts including journalist Will Self, landscape architect Andrew Grant, Urban Futures Lead at the Future Cities Catapult Gemma Ginty, and Alison Prendiville of the London College of Communication. They’ll be looking for high quality, inspired, replicable, and scalable visions that embody the spirit of the National Park City. Winning entries will be publicised in the media.