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National Park City: What a greener London could look like

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Alice French

Chris Rossetto and Emma Lubbers

Dan Raven-Ellison and his National Park City Initiative are well on the way to turning London into a national park.

London may not exactly seem the environmental hub of the UK, but with more than 13,000 wildlife species and 1,572 square kilometres of green space, it has the potential to be much greener you might think.

Artists, designers and architects were invited to imagine what a future national park version of London could look like in a design challenge set by the National Park City Foundation. A panel of judges reviewed more than 50 entries from the UK and elsewhere, and picked four winning visions.

The winners plan to enhance the city’s wildlife population, air quality and even change the way Londoners travel into work. Maybe wellies will be the next big trend in officewear?

They hope to connect existing green spaces through paths and rivers, create new gardens and parks and raise awareness and appreciation for London’s greenery. The long-term aims of the Greater London National Park City Initiative include making the majority of London physically green and connecting London’s children to nature.

Find out more here.

See some of the designs here:

Chris Rossetto and Emma Lubbers

Farrells, Ben Nourse, Donika Llakmani, Maysa Phares and Jaewon Shin

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