How would you bring the area under a flyover to life? How could a disused car park be made beautiful? What potential lies in neglected parks, spaces under railways or on our rooftops?
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has teamed up with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute, as well as sponsors Qatari Diar and Ordnance Survey for London, and with Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council, the Eric Wright Group and the University of Central Lancashire for Preston, to ask these questions in a new Forgotten Spaces ideas competition for 2013.
Based on the highly successful concept developed by RIBA in London (2010- 2011), that has also been delivered in Sheffield (2011) and Newcastle (2012), the initiative will seek out redundant and neglected spaces across Greater London and Preston, inviting innovative proposals for re-use and adaptation in these cities. The 2013 competition will give entrants the option to select their own forgotten space, or consider specific sites put forward by Greater London Authority (GLA) planning departments and Preston City Council that have been earmarked for redevelopment and improvement.
A ‘forgotten space’ could be small or large - an empty unit, a scrubland, a derelict building or underpass or flyover. The proposal could be simple or complex, commercial or public, a piece of public art or a new building, the main requirement is that it responds to the local area and serves a function for the community. Designers are encouraged to engage and work with local groups where possible.
The competition will award generous cash prizes to the best schemes in each city: First prize will receive £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000.
Open to RIBA, RTPI and Landscape Institute members, as well as students, artists, members of the public and community groups across the UK, the competition creates a broad platform for discussion across all age groups and disciplines.
Competition registration deadline is Wednesday 27th March 2013 with the competition closing for entries on Thursday 9th May 2013.
Details of a series of cultivation events and workshops held in partnership with borough planning departments in London and Preston will be announced in March.