Our proposition for the Antepavilion 2O18 competition was to see the subject barge converted into a prototype floating garden of allotments for both visitors to and residents of the Regent’s Canal. The project name, while being reminiscent of nautical coordinates, stems from the approximate percentage of green space it will be adding to the ward of Haggerston. The percentage is celebrated as a way of conveying that the process of greening our cities is as reliant on small interventions as it is on larger political strategies. Furthermore, the project was to showcase the versatility of green spaces attainable even in most unexpected environments.
The proposed looked to support the wider London National Park City campaign which was formed with the purpose of making London the world’s first National Park City. For us, not only do we want to see London become greener but we also wished to use the opportunity to draw particular attention to the following aspects of city living:
The lack of diverse animal habitats along the canal be it insects or larger mammals
The social and mental health value of allotments, green spaces and shared activities
The educational and environmental values of growing your own food
The ability to re-use plastic litter (much of which ends up in our waterways).
Point Nought Nought Five (O.OO5%)