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The Union Street Urban Orchard

The Union Street Urban Orchard
Date: 19 June 2010 to 19 September 2010
Location: 100 Union Street, London SE1 0NL, United Kingdom

Following the 2010 London Festival of Architecture (19 June to 4 July 2010) and lasting through to autumn, the site of 100 Union Street in London SE1 was transformed into an urban orchard and community garden.

Designed by Heather Ring of Wayward Plants for The Architecture Foundation and built with the help of Bankside Open Spaces Trust and an array of other helpful volunteers the garden regenerated a disused site in Bankside and created a place for exchange between local residents and visitors to the Festival. The Orchard programme included a series of workshops and activities, as well as talks, walks, food, music and film screenings and events

The Urban Orchard was also home to the LivingARK, a zero-carbon pod inhabited during the period of the project to showcase sustainable ways of living. The site also hostest The Nest, a pavilion created by the Finnish Institute, the Identikit by Thomas Kendall and Tamsin Hanke and a skip turned table tennis table created by Oliver Bishop-Young.

In September 2010 the garden was dismantled and all the trees given to local estates and other community gardens to remain as a lasting legacy of the 2010 London Festival of Architecture.

This project was delivered in collaboration between The Architecture Foundation, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, ProjectARKs and Wayward Plants.

Book published by The Architecture Foundation

Photo credit: Mike Massaro


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