Five selected design teams to present their innovative visions for the Thames' future development

To celebrate the culmination of our London As It Could Be Now project, the Royal Academy will be hosting a public design workshop on 22 September (3pm - 5pm) as part of the acclaimed Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out exhibition. Working together with Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Royal Academy, The Architecture Foundation launched an open call for design teams to propose new ideas for the tidal Thames. This final event gives the five selected teams the opportunity to present their visions to a public audience and a panel of experts who will give their feedback during the session.  

From 'River Rooms' to floating swimming pools, virtual maps and self sustaining communities the projects represent a diverse range of proposals that span the tidal Thames from Battersea to Rainham tackling issues of transport, connectivity and peoples relationship to water in the urban context.  The final proposals will be hung as part of the Richard Rogers: Inside Out exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts until 13 October.

The five design teams are: 

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 are: 

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
Susannah Wilks, Director, Cross River Partnership
Georgina Young, Senior Curator of Contemporary Collecting, Museum of London

The event is free to attend with an entrance ticket to the Richard Rogers: Inside Out exhibition.

Image: Thames Path. Courtesy of Gary Knight