The Collective Stratford, in London, UK, is described by its architects as a "new form of shared living accommodation." Like the Common in Brooklyn, US, it will provide affordable housing within a community. In addition, though, it will offer office space and a start-up incubator for its residents.
Last year, we reported on the Thames Deckway: a very ambitious billion dollar proposal to build a floating, sustainably-powered cycle path on the River Thames, in the heart of London. In a bid to raise funds to move the project forward, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has been launched.
The London Taxi Company has unveiled a new zero emission capable version of the Black Cab that famously operates in London, UK. The TX5 is said to retain the spirit of past models and focus on driver and passenger comfort.
Renzo Piano has already made his mark on London with the Shard, but the Italian architect isn't done yet. His firm has reunited with Shard developer Sellar Property Group to propose a £1 billion (roughly US$1.54 billion) development for the UK capital. Should the mixed-use project be realized, 31 London Street will rise to a height of 65 stories and feature luxury homes, office and retail spaces, and a large public space.
Finalists have been announced in the New London Architecture (NLA) New Ideas for Housing competition. The contest, run by the city's built environment think-tank, sought ideas to solve London's housing crisis. Proposals included shared housing, communities on the Thames and suburb megacities.
According to Transport for London (TfL), the city's Underground carries 1.2 billion passengers a year over 402 km (250 mi) of track, with some stations handling 89 million passengers annually. That adds up to a fleet of trains covering 76.2 million km (47 million mi) and an energy bill that defines "enormous." In an effort to make the system greener and cheaper, the authority carried out a five-week trial of a regenerative braking system billed as a "world first" that could slice 5 percent off London Underground's energy bill and save up to £6 million (US$9 million) per year.
Following its plan to bring London out of the shade with shadow-free skyscrapers, NBBJ has unveiled a new proposal to replace tube trains in the London Underground's Circle Line with travelators, or moving walkways. The firm says this would allow users to stroll relatively long distances more quickly than if traveling by train.
More information about the flora that will be planted on London's Garden Bridge has been announced. The bridge is aimed at being "a green haven in the middle of the city." Planned by landscape designer Dan Pearson, the planting will span different times, climates and seasons.
In what is claimed as a world first, a new development in London, UK, will feature a 35-m (115-ft) high suspended swimming pool that bridges two buildings. The so-called "sky pool" will be part of the Ballymore-developed Embassy Gardens, and will allow residents to don their swimwear and butterfly over to visit neighbors.
In an inspired piece of Olympics legacy development, a sculpture that
was created for the 2012 Games in London is to become "the world's
tallest and longest slide." Visitors will be able to descend from the
top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The sculpture already welcomes visitors
as an observation tower.