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London Wall Memorial Street Fabio Pittas, Camila Tauil, and André Botto

Thames river is one of the richest ones in the world. It was of definite importance for the growth and development of England and London itself. Historically, as it was transposed in a strong cultural melting pot moment, which was crowned by the presence of one of England’s greatest literary icons, W.Shakespeare.

Now, value and population density of its surroundings show us what the oldest civilizations already knew, but for different reasons. Water has the capacity of turning the city to itself.

Inspired by this condition, and observing the historical paths of London’s rivers, we propose a trade at London Wall street. Instead of dense vehicle traffic, we bring a memory of the waters through a canal, requalificating the area, extending itself to the Museum of London, a gateway to the already growing Culture Mile.

The intervention area is limited by the following uses: cultural, economical and residential, what brings us to the following analysis:

Several areas with undiversified use, connected by public transport to receive or allow its residents to leave the area, are surrounded by very mixed use areas, elected by us as an alternative of uses in our intervention, at a smaller scale, by making organizing activities in a way that they complement themselves.

This arrangement is made with the intention of reconnect people to public spaces.

How do we live in community, if we are conditioned to gather in order to use several equipments and activities?

One example is the city use divided into three layers. Thinking of distinct uses for the morning, afternoon, and night time. A commercial office space, if utilized only during office hours, will be occupied by its full capacity for eight hours, and empty for the remainder of the day. If used all day, we can lower its occupancy by one third of what it was before covid.

The city should be plural, but we see that the use of the same space for multiple uses may be a negative factor for now on. Not that we desencourage the presence of storefronts and other uses in the groundfloor , but the concept of living in the same edification is here discarded. The promotion of the public space was thought in three ways.

Reducing the capacity of the apartment units of hosting all the activities that Covid made us adapt into our houses.

Adopting a comfortable distance when commuting to our jobs ou other appointments.

Expansion of public spaces, if not by broader streets, by utilizing the groundfloor of existing and future buildings.

In the long run, how to encourage people to leave their new routines, locked up at home, which in some cases and occasions seems more comfortable?

Over the years, architects brought answers to the cities. Nowadays, in a evermore collaborative world, maybe time has come for us to build cities in closer relationship with its citizens . The moment of answers is perhaps gone, we need to listen to the city’s questions, and their residents will spontaneously answer.