A vi­sion for Lon­don’s canals?

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THESE UN­LIKELY LOOK­ING house­boats de­picted in an artist’s im­pres­sion on the wa­ter­ways of the Olympic Park in East Lon­don are one of 200 en­tries by lead­ing ar­chi­tects in a com­pe­ti­tion by think-tank New Lon­don Ar­chi­tec­ture aimed at find­ing so­lu­tions to the cap­i­tal’s hous­ing short­age.

Baca Ar­chi­tects says its plan to put 7,500 static float­ing homes on Lon­don’s canals could be achieved in a mere 6-12 months – while another idea, Floatopo­lis by ar­chi­tects dRMM, pro­poses ‘float­ing neigh­bour­hoods’ in Lon­don’s docks in­clud­ing schools, cafés, cine­mas and homes.

The pro­pos­als haven’t gone down well in some quar­ters: A spokesman for the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion’s Lon­don Branch said use of Lon­don’s canals for static hous­ing “needs to be strongly op­posed”, while Ian Shack­lock of Friends of Re­gent’s Canal tweeted “Surely Lon­don­ers de­serve to keep some of their lim­ited open spa­ces?”

Ten schemes will be short­listed in Oc­to­ber.

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