London As It Could Be Now: New Ideas for the Tidal Thames now on show

The new ideas for the tidal Thames presented on Sunday at a public design workshop at the Royal Academy are now on show as part of the Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out exhibition. As a result of the collaborative London As It Could Be Now project, developed by The Architecture Foundation with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Royal Academy, five teams were selected via an open call to work up new visions for the Thames that encouraged increased interaction with the waterways and raised awareness of this important artery running through the Capital.

The proposals, which were presented to an expert panel and public audience, varied in approach and geographical scope and offered a diverse range of potential futures for the River Thames. Ideas included visions for 'River Rooms' that span the length of the Thames, floating swimming pools that would allow us to bathe in the river, open-source maps that capture real-time data relating to the waterways, green infrastructural corridors that encourage communal growing and self-sustaining settlements on the river fringes. 

Chaired by Pat Brown, Deputy Chair of the Mayor's Design Advisory Panel, a series of expert advisors offered feedback on the proposals and members of the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions and put forward comment. 

The five design teams that presented were: 

Carl Turner Architects with The Edible Bus Stop
David Kohn Architects
Neil Cummings and 51% Studios
Studio Octopi with Civic Engineers and Jonathan Cook Landscape
The Eastern Reach

The panel of expert advisors were: Patricia Brown, Director, Central / Deputy Chair of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel (Chair); Eric Parry, Principal, Eric Parry Architects; Andy Bryce, Associate Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; and Georgina Young, Senior Curator of Contemporary Collecting, Museum of London

The final proposals will now be on display as part of the Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out exhibition until 13 October 2013.

Top image: The Thames Baths Project, courtesy Studio Octopi with Civic Engineers and Jonathan Cook Landscape

Floodpain, courtesy Neil Cummings and 51% Studios 

River Beds, courtesy Carl Turner Architects with The Edible Bus Stop


River Rooms 2113: A necklace of public spaces to grace the Thames, courtesy David Kohn Architects

Lubricity, courtesy The Eastern Reach