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A unique green retreat and pedestrian pathway is set to rival elevated parks around the world, including New York’s own High Line, right in the heart of London. This project stands out from its lofty peers in many regards, but most boldly: it is set over the River Thames rather than buildings or roads.
Heatherwick Studio, known for work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture and design, is teaming up with landscape designer Dan Pearson and global engineering firm Arup to realize this massive and bold cross-disciplinary endeavor.
Crossing over 1,000 feet of river, the bridge will branch out into smaller spaces and seating areas and be populated with a wide range of regional flora. The complex plan will frame views of the city and provide opportunities for different kinds of performances and interactions.
The bridge is intended to bring a place of peace, quite and greenery back to the heart of the city as well as serving the role of pedestrian route. It will be both an activator of the two newly-joined neighborhoods and a stunning green landmark.
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Based on the stalls of performance artists and fortune tellers that once wandered the streets of Europe in the sixteenth century, ‘Roaming Market’ brings fun little shows to London in modernized form. Local studio Aberrant Architecture constructed the steel venue on a trailer chassis so it can be moved from one urban location to the next in the Waterloo district this summer.
Painted bright blue and bearing little ornamentation, the stall only vaguely resembles the often-ornate ‘pageant wagons‘ of centuries past, but it serves the same purpose: livening up the streets with music and plays. Pageant wagons were movable carts on which plays based on biblical texts were performed, before the rise of professional theater rendered them obsolete.
The mobile venue is also inspired by the ‘totem’ structures found in London’s historic street markets. It unfolds into a multi-functional stall with a covered seating area featuring a built-in chess board, as well as a rooftop stage. The giant chicken sign protruding from the top is a nod to the history of chicness being used to tell people’s fortunes.
Waterloo is an ideal location for a revival of the tradition, with its long history of fortune tellers, mystics and peep shows. Roaming Market will be used to promote Waterloo as a vibrant shopping destination, and will ultimately be moved around the wider area to act as a signpost for the historic Lower Marsh Market.
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While photo shoots can be meticulously staged, sometimes the best shots come with an element of surprise – particularly in the chaotic context of cities like New York an London.
Architect by training and photographer by professions, Daniella Zalcman took a series of photographs before leaving the largest city in the United States for the largest city in the United Kingdom, overlaying them secondary exposures in the latter city.
The results are predictably unpredictable – a mix of juxtapositions ranging from smooth transitional gradients to sharp spatial contrasts, capturing street art and sidewalk scenes as well as broader city-scapes and edge conditions.
In the end, many of the most jarring compositions defy the brain’s desire to organize a coherent narrative, like a tip-of-your-tongue memory or a slowly-fading dream, an effect reinforced by the gritty texture and grainy quality of the images themselves.
More on the artist, who has also since launched a Kickstarter project for this set: “Daniella Zalcman is based in NYC where she works as a freelance photographer for the Wall Street Journal. Born in Washington, DC, she graduated from Columbia with a degree in architecture in 2009. Other clients include The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Saatchi & Saatchi, National Geographic, Wired, and The Nation.”
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Sit at a counter embedded into a wall of urinals and enjoy a nice sandwich at Attendant, an eatery in London built in a former men’s bathroom. While it’s virtually unrecognizable after an extensive $150,000 renovation, it’s hard to imagine how the owners were able to look into the trash-strewn pit of a subterranean restroom and think about food.
The Attendant restroom had been abandoned for more than fifty years before its two-year transformation. It now serves sandwiches, soup, breakfast, cakes and espresso drinks, with many ingredients plucked from the New Covent Garden Marketplace just down the street.
Partners Peter Tomlinson and Ben Russell removed 12 layers of paint dating back over a century from the ornate wrought iron entrance and removed a wall that separated the urinals from the attendant’s space. The urinals were polished, a counter was added and a kitchen was built. Green seating matches the original Victorian floor tiles.
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