neil cummings


22 Sep 2013

I have been collaborating with 51% Studios, and we have been selected by The Architecture Foundation, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Royal Academy of Arts, to share our research as part of London As It Could Be Now: New Visions for the Thames.

At a public workshop, we presented a beta version of #floodplain, an online platform that enables users to make collaborative, spatial representations of London, its main river artery, the Thames, and their floodplains.

#floodplain also enables users to populate theses spatial representations with real time searches for geo-located images, and add observations from the astonishingly varied and fleeting enthusiasms of twitter.

Using vast pools of open–access public data, #floodplain re-imagines the tidal Thames for the 21st Century, suggesting new ways to map, imagine, and inhabit London, its sites and their architectures.

#floodplain is a new kind of public space, that will enable users to become architects of their own environment.

#floodplain (beta)With four other design teams, we presented a beta version of #floodplain to the public, and a panel of experts including

Eric Parry RA (Principal, Eric Parry Architects)
Graham Stirk (Senior Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners)
Susannah Wilks (Director, Cross River Partnership)
Georgina Young (Senior Curator of Contemporary History, Museum of London).

Chaired by Patricia Brown (Director, Central; Deputy Chair of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel).

Royal Academy of Arts
Gallery 10, Burlington Gardens, London,W1S 3ET
Free with an exhibition ticket (no booking required)

#floodplain will subsequently be exhibited as part of the Future of London section of the Richard Rogers: Inside Out exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, and be live for everyone else to play with.

#floodplain is related to WasteAnthropocene walks, and Man on a Plate


51.5094, -0.1399

Royal Academy of Arts
10, Burlington Gardens
United Kingdom

Submitted by neil on 16 September, 2013 - 19:19