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Design teams announced for future development of London's Thames

The Architecture Foundation, together with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Royal Academy of Arts, have announced the design teams selected for London As It Could Be Now: New Visions for the Thames.

Selected for their innovative ideas for the Thames’ future development, five teams have been chosen to develop their wide-ranging proposals for the capital’s main waterway.

The five teams are: Carl Turner Architects with The Edible Bus Stop; David Kohn Architects; Neil Cummings and 51% Studios; Studio Octopi with Stockley and Jonathan Cook Landscape; and The Eastern Reach*.

With news in the UK currently focusing on proposals for new airports, floating villages and increased connectivity between North and South London, it is more important than ever to consider new ways to harness this artery that runs through the capital to enhance the ways we will live in the future.

London As It Could Be Now empowered design teams to specify their own sites and approaches to address how the Thames is used and how it might improve to reflect changing social, economic, cultural and environmental conditions and concerns.

The design teams will now receive honoraria to develop their proposals ahead of a public design workshop on 22 September hosted by the Royal Academy, where they will present their visions to a panel of expert advisors including Patricia Brown, Director, Central and Deputy Chair of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel (Chair); Eric Parry, Principal, Eric Parry Architects; Graham Stirk, Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Susannah Wilks, Director, Cross River Partnership and Georgina Young, Senior Curator of Contemporary Collecting, Museum of London, as well as a public audience.

The ideas presented will subsequently be exhibited as part of the ‘Future of London’ section of the Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, which runs until 13 October 2013.

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