As you may already know, the notorious London Garden Bridge proposed for the Thames River has sparked criticism in recent months. As a satirical protest to the project, artist Will Jennings announced the Folly for London competition last month.
The open and free-to-enter design competition is now accepting follies that propose an alternative "but equally ridiculous" design that rivals the current Garden Bridge proposal. So if you've been itching to architecturally express some satirical humor, now's your chance!
More details below.
For this competition, throw your design ethics out the window (or over the bridge, in this case) and get creative. The brief offers some basic pointers in designing your proposals:
"Think about the best piece of transport infrastructure and design on which you could spend £60m of public money for the environmental and community benefit of London. Then reverse those ideals and design your perfect Folly For London.
- Cost at least £60million of public money to construct; proposals may cost much more, but if so be sure to add vague promises of private funding.
- Take up as much of the site (marked in red) as possible. This is existing public greenspace and it needs to be built on. Your design should narrow the Thames footpath resulting in maximum overcrowding and removing as much existing nature from the site. There are mature trees here, but don’t worry about them - feel free to remove them if you need!
- Largely use environmentally damaging and unsustainable materials in its construction, but Follies which have the pretence of being a ‘green’ project will be eligible for a special ‘greenwash’ prize.
- Obstruct as many free and accessible views as possible from the South Bank and Waterloo Bridge. Think about those wonderful vantages of St. Pauls and Somerset House. Now block them!
- The Folly should aim to maximise commercial land values and raise house prices in the immediate vicinity."
Submissions are due on midnight on Friday, August 28. Exhibitions of selected entries will take place online and in a London venue.
The judging panel includes Architectural writer & critic Owen Hatherley and Green Party of England and Wales leader Natalie Bennett, who will convene to choose a winner. A special prize will also be awarded to the Folly with the best greenwashed design.
More competition info here.
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