In partnership with Time Out London, London National Park City is calling for artists, designers, illustrators, cartographers, film-makers, developers, architects and landscape architects to enter a competition to visualise London as the world’s first National Park City.
The Thames Estuary Partnership’s Director Pat Fitzsimons is on the judging panel.
The idea of the competition is to attract the best ideas for achieving the aim of making London a National Park City.
Submission Deadline for entries (to include images and artwork): 23:59 BST Friday 19 May 2017.
Judging will take place: 19 – 26 May 2017.
The National Park Idea is about protecting and improving London’s existing green and blue spaces and developing other outdoor spaces to ensure that all Londoners have easy and free access to high-quality green space and to boost London’s biodiversity.
A defining element of the National Park City is that it pays attention to nature and to the potential for nature within the built environment.
When you take part in this competition, dream the possible, knowing that your ideas may transform how Londoners live, work and play.
Your ideas do not just have to be for future urban developments but could involve re-imaginations of London’s current cityscape.
Your ideas could be small scale and that could have a big impact on Londoners’ lives. The ideas could be very different – transformative and on a large scale. It’s up to you!
The London National Park City draws from the values of the UK’s rural National Parks – better conservation, better enjoyment and better economy – and extends these values into the cities.
The initiative is about transforming London’s entire habitat. It’s about seeing the gardens, streets, rivers, buildings and parks as one landscape.T
The aim is to have all Londoners to benefit from the National Park City, but also to contribute to it.
The initiative hopes to inspire and educate Londoners, persuading them to get outdoors by stimulating an immense variety of exciting and imaginative activities and grasping new opportunities.
It will enhance the quality of life in London and make it a more attractive place for activities of all kinds, including business and investment.
As the world’s first National Park City, London’s brand and its place as a global city should be enhanced.
You are invited to imagine London at any scale:
- What ‘micro-greening’ (e.g. a single balcony) can give a home to wildlife?
- Can a commuter route become a ‘green corridor’?
- How could a high-rise block enable children to play outdoors easily?
- What plans for streetscapes, neighbourhoods, or even London’s entire watershed could transform London lifestyles and address London’s challenges?
- Plans could include air quality, biodiversity, road congestion, community cohesion, mental health, and childhood obesity.
Submission Deadline: 23:59 BST Friday 19 May 2017.
Judging: 19 – 26 May 2017.
Submissions should be in English.
Please send your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images must be high resolution 300 dpi with a short description of the work. They can be any size, but consider that if selected, most people will see the image either on a computer screen or printed in a newspaper or magazine.
If your file is large, use Dropbox, or another appropriate service, and email a link to the file.
By submitting any images you give London National Park City permission to publish them with full acknowledgements on its website and to share them with the media for republication.
Entries will be judged on:
- How well the vision embodies the spirit of the National Park City idea.
- How inspirational the vision is.
- Whether the vision can be replicated or scale-able.
- The quality of the image.
The judging panel will comprise a range of experts and National Park City Foundation Trustees including Pat Fitzsimons (Thames Estuary Partnership), Will Self, Andrew Grant (Grant Associates), Gemma Ginty (Future Cities Catapult), Alison Prendiville (London College of Communication), Steve Head (Wildlife Gardening Forum), Pat Fitzsimons (Thames Estuary Partnership), Ben Smith (AECOM), Judy Ling Wong (Black Environment Network).
A small number of entrants will be awarded prizes for their work in the form of exposure in London Time Out magazine, in London National Park City’s marketing and communications, and will be promoted to professional and popular media publications from June.
Many of the entries will be published in a gallery on the London National Park City website.
Eligibility & participants
This competition is open internationally to professionals and students from architecture, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, environmental planning, graphic, product and media design, cartography, photography, film, the visual arts and similar fields.
Submissions are welcomed from organisations, teams or individuals.
Find out more about London as a National Park City
For inspiration, explore this website to learn more about what it would mean for London to be a National Park City.
Find out more about the aims of the London National Park City campaign on this website.
There are some useful FAQs here.
Tweet any questions to @LondonNPC #NationalParkCity.