Highline for London Green Infrastructure Ideas Competition

From over 170 entries, twenty Green Infrastructure designs were shortlisted in a competition run by the Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum to find a new design for green space in the capital.

Inspired by New York’s High Line, which reclaimed a stretch of derelict railway to create a popular urban park, the competition generated radical and exciting ideas for bringing hidden, forgotten and abandoned places into use as new green public spaces. Entries included visions for transforming London’s underground rivers, flyovers, bus shelters and disused tunnels, creating miniature woodlands, floating parks, subterranean mushroom gardens and green-clad office blocks.

Room60‘s entry was titled the ‘ Thames Vortex’, tackling the future flood problems of London and providing a new high-speed sustainable transport link in one scheme.

 It has become clear from the finite lifespan of the Thames Barrier that the solution for controlling the tidal levels of London is not about building higher and higher flood walls, but to create vast plug holes in the river to maintain a constant level of water and protect this ancient city from future rising sea levels.

The huge forces created by the vortex provide sustainable hydropower for the new high-speed transport link (corporate sponsor TBC) which wraps itself around Tower Bridge, connecting tourists and commuters from a new station in the South Tower on a thrilling ride that plunges you first into the Thames and out of the River Lea via a network of flood storage tunnels to the very top of The ArcelorMitall Orbit on the Queen Elizabeth II Park in Stratford.

Once underground passengers will pass through the wide and expansive tunnels bathed in UV light for the underground reedbeeds and biomimicry systems planted in part for storm water attenuation and water quality cleansing.

This new statement of bold, green infrastructure puts London on the map as a city with visionary solutions to global problems.

Find out more about the competition, including the winners and shortlisted entrants over on the  Landscape Institute competitions page.

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