Registration Deadline: 03/07/2013 – Submission Deadline: 03/12/2013 – Category: International – Open To: Architects, landscape designers and architects, urban designers and students – Entry Fee: Professionals £50.00 + VAT, students £10.00 + VAT – Awards: Professionals £2,000 + VAT, student £500
This is the brief for a new Urban Design, Landscape, Architecture and Public Realm competition for Vauxhall, on London’s South Bank.
Imagine you are visiting a central neighbourhood in a large European city. Your senses are alive to things that are the same but different – sights and smells, tastes and sounds. You notice colourful planting, playful lighting, intriguing public art.
Of course there are apartment buildings and office blocks, but it is the feel of the streets around them that makes the real impact. Is it easy to find your way around? Does it feel safe and clean, bland or beautiful, does it encourage you to linger or get through as fast as possible? In short does it feel as though anyone has invested time, energy and ideas here?
Here in London Vauxhall we are asking the same questions of our neighbourhood. What message does our everyday experience of streets and public spaces give to the people who work, live and invest here? How can we make the most of Vauxhall’s new opportunities?
At the moment, the public realm is dominated by a notorious traffic gyratory and a spine of railway arches that cut most of Vauxhall off from the river, yet our neighbourhood is the missing link between the New US Embassy Quarter and London’s South Bank, with its theatres and concert halls.
However investment is coming, with development schemes including Battersea Power-Station and the new Damien Hirst gallery; and with it comes the opportunity to face up to the challenge of the disconnected places and railway arches. We want to create vibrant Green Links and strong Urban connections. We want our public realm to create a striking and strong new identity for Vauxhall, so it’s clear to employees, residents and visitors that ideas and energy are what Vauxhall is all about.
Vauxhall is at the heart of an area of huge new opportunity in London and we plan to make the most of it. Now we want your urban design, landscape and place-making ideas to help us do it.