The Next Big Thing for London

The Next Big Thing for London (1)

Laurie Chetwood’s plan to address the problem of London being ‘just 9 meals from anarchy’ has been announced as the runner up in the Estates Gazette ‘ Next Big Thing ’ international competition.

“The increasing use of ‘just in time’ delivery means that London only has 3 to 4 days of food available at any time and that if distribution networks seize up, the capital could be just 9 meals away from anarchy.” – The head of the UK’s Countryside Agency, Lord Cameron of Dillington during 2000 fuel protests and repeated 2007.

The Next Big Thing for London (3)

The vulnerability of London’s food chain was the starting point for Laurie’s vision to ease the burden of a booming population. His solution envisages a literally and environmentally greener London. One where the lifeblood of the city, the River Thames, is put back to use and transformed into a 1,000-acre linear farm constructed on the north side of the river stretching from Hammersmith in the west to the Thames Barrier in the east.

The Next Big Thing for London (2)

The river will be used for both the supply and transportation of food, with existing infrastructure put to use, connecting road and rail on land with delivery via water and air via distribution drones. Paddy fields, terraces, and green roofs and walls will provide ample space to grow enough produce to feed the growing population. A new network of logistics parks will be constructed beneath the linear farm, replacing unsustainable, out-of-town distribution networks, fronting on to new ‘i-streets’ and releasing space on the traditional high street for residential development. Visit Chetwoods Architects.

The Next Big Thing for London (4)

 

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

The Temple 2016 by a21studio / Nha Trang, Vietnam

a21studio designs a small temple in the beautiful landscape of Nha Trang, Vietnam. The yellow tone of the stone material half-hidden by the luxuriant...

Contemporary Lake House Made Entirely of Raw Concrete

This contemporary lake house is a project designed for a couple with two children in 2012. It is located on a narrow plot whose natural slope reaches the shores of Lake. Pierre Minassian, the architect of the project, followed this operation with his team of architects for 3 years.

Our Apartment, Moscow / Designers Pavel and Svetlana Alekseeva

The project "Our Apartment" is located in Moscow of Russia. The work was completed in 2018, with a total area of 56 sq.m. They were made by designers for themselves.

Russell Lea House by Mark Szczerbicki Design Studio

This new house in Russell Lea has been designed next door to the owner’s previous home of 27 years. Looking to downsize as their children moved out and started their own families, but wanting to stay in the area that was so familiar to them ...

Termitary House Has an Architecture Inspired by Termite Nests

Termitary House was designed by Vietnamese studio Tropical Space. The house is built with baked bricks on an area of 80 square meters and...

Canaletto Apartments, London / WOMO Architects

Canaletto, the distinctive architectural landmark building designed by UNStudio, is unveiling its limited-edition collection of elegant three-bedroom modern sanctuaries at the top of the building, designed and furnished by international design teams from Goddard Littlefair and WOMO Architects.