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25th Apr 2017

Andrew Grant to judge Greater London National Park City competition

Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates, is to sit on the jury for campaign group Greater London National Park City’s ‘Imagine’ competition.

The competition is calling for creatives from all disciplines, from film-making to architecture and design, to visualise the capital’s future as a National Park City. With a broad brief, submissions can range from ideas for future developments to re-imagining London’s current landscape.

Imagine aims to promote awareness of London National Park City, which is an initiative to make London the world’s first National Park City by applying the principles and values of a rural National Park to the capital. This would mean managing the city to enhance the natural assets of its living landscape, providing a better quality of life for Londoners.

London can become a National Park City if at least two-thirds (436) of London’s 654 wards, the Mayor of London and the London Assembly declare their support.

For full details about the Imagine competition, which closes on 19 May 2017, and more background about London National Park City click here.

Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates, comments:

“Imagining the whole of London as a park changes our perception of the whole city. Suddenly the emphasis is on the green and interlinking public spaces rather than the built form. As a National Park City, London would see its parks and outdoor activities better connected with a greater diversity of green and wild spaces. Communities would have greater resources to plan and protect green areas, helping to create a capital that is an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.

“The Imagine competition is about visualising how London as a National City Park might look, whether that’s focusing on the micro detail or the bigger picture. We’re very much looking forward to seeing some inspired visions of how London can lead the rest of the world in becoming a National Park.”

Image: Trafalgar Place by dRMM Architects with landscape strategy by Grant Associates, Elephant & Castle, London (courtesy dRMM Architects).