New Garden Squares

New Garden Squares would be high-profile destination gardens. Easily located through apps and via the citywide Barclays Cycle Hire network, the scheme would get residents and tourists to discover parts of the city they might otherwise ignore.


Each Square would showcase the talents of London’s local architects and landscape designers in crafting unique and imaginative gardens.

The view from inside the garden.

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New Garden Squares

A condensed garden experience for urban spaces

New Garden Squares is an experiment in landscape planning that brings gardens to London’s streets - quickly.

The proposal offers a blueprint for a citywide network of exciting and innovative garden spaces, drawing on London’s unique history of the garden square.

Just as these squares provided green lungs for the growing city of London, New Garden Squares would breathe fresh air into London’s underused urban spaces.

With soaring land prices and green space at a premium, the project would provide a condensed garden experience – each semi-enclosed unit (approximately 10m by 20m) would be based on a modular system that’s quick and simple to build.

Community projects involve years of bureaucracy and fundraising before a spade hits the ground, often relying on the hard work of a few committed individuals. So in a culture obsessed with immediacy, New Garden Squares would provide a quicker, cost-effective solution that would mobilise community involvement and act as a test-bed for costlier programmes in the future.


Urban greening


All London

Submitted by

Chris Moss

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