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Green ideas for London's urban spaces

Updated 1807 GMT (0207 HKT) October 24, 2012
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An idea to create a mushroom garden in a disused rail tunnel beneath London's Oxford Street has won a competition inspired by New York's High Line -- the elevated park which utilizes old railroad line to create green public spaces. The vision for a mushroom farm combined with a pedestrian walkway came out on top of 170 entries proposing new green spaces for the UK capital. Fletcher Priest Architects
Runner-up in the competition was this idea for a new public swimming facility on the Regent's Canal running from Little Venice to Limehouse. [Y/N] Studio
Scott Badham and Ian Fisher imagined retrofitting London's buses and trams and trains with "biocentric mats and sleeves." Scott Badham and Ian Fisher
This idea to create a network of floating barges of wetland, farm and park near Canary Wharf was highly commended by the judges. The competition was organized by the UK's Landscape Institute in partnership with the Mayor of London and the Garden Museum based in south London. Erika Richmond and Peggy Pei-Chi Chi
Transforming London's many flyovers into "green arteries" would not only improve the look of some of some eyesores but also reduce traffic noise and encourage biodiveristy, according to Bell Phillips, Spacehub and Aecom. Bell Phillips Architects, Spacehub and Aecom
Terra Studio's idea is to create four green infrastructure schemes including a "green bridge" on London's Blackfriars Bridge. Terra Studio
An ambitious scheme to create a rainwater store which can serve local residents was Andres Briones' idea. Andres Briones
An idea to transform the City of London's Tower 42 was proposed by Jerry Tate Architects. Jerry Tate Architects
Revitalizing forlorn waterways was proposed by Place Design + Planning. Place Design + Planning
Me & Sam Ltd want to establish small book exchanges thoroughout London's extensive network of parks and green spaces. Me & Sam Ltd
Sprucing up London's arterial routes was Ireland Albrecht's vision with road verges and pavements becoming "multi-functional landscapes." Ireland Albrecht Landscape Architects.
Creating miniature orchards in and around existing bus shelters could transform them into shared areas for cultivating food. Laura Rowland and Claire Beard
A green toolbox designed to help local communities improve their own parks and playgrounds was devised by Atkins Landscape Architects. Atkins Landscape Architects