Is there an empty building you walk past every day that you wish something would happen to? A patch of ground that you’d like to turn into an urban orchard? Or a streetcorner that, with a bit of imagination, could get your neighbours talking to each other?
If so, we’re inviting you to add it to the new website we’ve created in partnership with RIBA London — Mapping Forgotten Spaces.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been bringing together groups of architects, designers and artists to explore overlooked and underused spaces around London. It’s all part of RIBA London’s Forgotten Spaces competition — and now we’re inviting everyone to join in discussing the spaces they’ve found and to suggest other spaces you’d like to see reimagined.
The idea of the site is to create an ongoing conversation about spaces which people feel have been neglected, the different uses, experiences and memories which others may have of those spaces, and the possibilities for what happens to them next.
We don’t take the idea of “forgotten” spaces for granted. It immediately leads to questions: who has a space been forgotten by? Who might see it differently? Might it be best left the way it is? How do new projects take account of the relationships people already have to a space?
That’s why we want the site to start conversations. You can add a space and ask questions or suggest ideas for it — then see what other people have to say. Or start by looking at which locations in your area have already been added, and join in the conversation about them.
Mapping Forgotten Spaces is open to everyone, not just entrants to the competition — so explore the site, start adding spaces and tell us what you think.