East London designs showcased

International architecture firm RMJM is showcasing five design proposals for the transformation of a neglected space in the heart of Shoreditch, east London.

The designs, shortlisted by a judging panel made up of Hackney Borough Council Urban Planning & Regeneration department, RMJM London and LAND Landscape, are on display at an exhibition named Green Works at New London Architecture (NLA), London. Head of sustainability at RMJM’s London office Lucy Atlee said: “We believe our ideas could be applied to neglected spaces across London as an initiative for others to follow.” Designs for the crescent-shaped, York Stone paved junction — historically known as Leonard Circus — include the following: * Sub Urban Square by Sam Frankland, which features traffic-calming measures and a pool filled with rain water; * Kitchen Garden by Thomas Housden, which includes “playful” street furniture; * Urban Green by Debbie Inglis, which increases green landscaping throughout the site; * Natural Green Sofa by Qing Lai, inspired by the English park bench and the Chinese tradition of ordering and sculpting spaces; * Urban Village Green by Mike Summers, an enclosed green space that forms a protected pedestrian area in the middle of the street.

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