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Co-designing equity in the public realm competition featuring students in a public space working surrounded by plants

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is collaborating with the City of London Corporation, its cultural district Culture Mile, and Foundation for Future London to launch ‘Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm’, a new design competition. 

The competition will deliver one or more temporary public realm interventions in Smithfield and East London that collectively develop a deeper understanding of the public’s experience of streets and public spaces. ‘Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm’ is seeking a multi-disciplinary team to create temporary small-scale intervention(s) and activations in Spring/Summer of 2023, that have been informed by public engagement and education activities.

The public realm interventions will explore inclusive design, equity, and public space as well as the involvement of young people in city making. Artists, architects, designers, social enterprises and creative organisations are invited to develop and submit a design proposal that includes public engagement with relevant local groups during the design development and delivery phase of the project. Proposals should also include collaboration with young people and/or other relevant local groups. 

A winning team will be confirmed in October and awarded £50,000 (including VAT) to develop a fully costed, feasible design alongside an engagement plan that can be delivered ahead of June 2023, when the next edition of the London Festival of Architecture takes place. 

The competition embraces the belief that the arts are uniquely placed to connect communities, celebrate their immense collective power and create positive social change.

Funding provided by City of London Corporation has supported the development of collaborative programming between communities across East Bank and Culture Mile. This four-year partnership has utilised creativity to support the development of new models of practice and collaboration around education, life-long learning, employment opportunities, health & wellbeing and inclusive public realm. 

This commission develops this work further through focusing specifically on the use of places, public realm, wayfaring and culture to create inclusive connectivity between both cultural districts.

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