Re-imagining London

Disued buildings along the canal would be converted into local cultural hubs and connected by cycle bridges.

This night time view shows how the careful choice of lighting and improved access could turn what was once a dangerous area into a safe evening destination.

Disused space adjacent to the canal could be flooded and connected with existing green spaces.

Typical sections of bicycle lanes and towpaths and where they would be positioned on the canal.

This image shows the possible future for the canal as a A riparian green link, incuding SuDS and reeds beds to catch excess water run-off, and floating gardens anchored to the canal bed.

Aerial view showing where disused space adjacent to the canal between Angel, Islington and Victoria Park could be flooded and connected with existing green spaces.

London's canal network and the All London Green Grid. This proposal focuses on an area between Angel, Islington and Victoria Park.


  1. Aaron 26 Feb 2013, 17:02

    Great idea...I love the canal, but it has so much more potential... and true, at night it's a dodgy place for most parts at the moment...

  2. Neil Skinner 26 Feb 2013, 17:10

    Wonderful scheme. This could be an amazing space at night.

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Re-imagining London's Canal Network

Give London's canal system the High Line treatment

London’s canal system could be seen as the capital's equivalent to New York's High Line. Not in appearance, as it is sunken not elevated and a waterway not a railway, but like the High Line in that it is detached from eye level, not always noticed and was once a thriving transport system. It slices through the city, yet unites its adjacent boroughs, streets and open spaces.

The canal is at once overused, chaotic and serene. Joggers, cyclists and pedestrians fight for space on a narrow towpath that is becoming increasingly popular. In contrast, much of the waterway is gentle, slow, decaying and untroubled but by the odd narrow boat or canoe.

This proposal aims to address the problems of the shared bicycle and pedestrian path without compromising on the charm of the canal and its users. At the same time, it looks to enhance the planting along the canal to create a green corridor that links it to nearby interventions and wider green strategies.




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- Islington

London's canal system

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