A vision for London’s canals?
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.