2nd March 2015

Reimagine London


London isn’t just a city but a diverse region.

Murad Quereshi, London Assembly Member for the Labour Party and deputy Chair of the Environment Committee and Chair of London Waterways Commission

Reimagine London — sponsored by Ordnance Survey, Thames Tideway Tunnel and Queen Mary University of London — took place on Tuesday in Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The event was part of a larger project, Greater London National Park, which began in September 2014 and which invites Londoners to reevaluate their understanding of their city, of National Parks, and of the relationships between urban and rural; and to imagine how the city could be improved. It was initiated by Daniel Raven-Ellison, a winner of our Transport Challenge with Mission:Explore.

OS floormap

OS provided a floor map of Greater London and an Ideas Lab. The floor map was coloured in over the course of the day by attendees (and OS staff!), in blue and green to highlight the areas of water and greenery. The Ideas Lab allowed people to pinpoint issues in London and to suggest solutions and potential outcomes. There was also an interactive map of London on display.

OS Ideas Lab

As well as Ordnance Survey, exhibitors at the event included Thames Tideway Tunnel, Friends of the Earth, Greenspace Information for Greater London and London Invasive Species Initiative, Greysmith Associates, Frog Environmental, Naturist Action Group (NAG), Campaign for National Parks, Can of Worms Enterprises Ltd, Trees for Cities, The Selborne Society Ltd, Incredible Edible Lambeth, The RSA, National Parks England, London Wildlife Trust, London Permaculture Network, John Muir Trust, and RTPI London.

The event ended with a trip on the River Thames sponsored by Thames Tideway Tunnel, to provide an exploration of the Greater London National Park*.

A view of the Thames

If we can crack this, it is an amazing gift to an urbanising world.

— Judy Ling Wong CBE, Honorary President of Black Environment Network (BEN)