A Smarter City is a programme of activities run by The City Centre which includes a three-part ideas competition. JRA took part in the first part of the competition and, out of 65 entries submitted, JRA is delighted to have been one of the top ten practices shortlisted. The competition focussed on ‘Smart Green Spaces’ and looked for new ideas on connectivity, biodiversity, health and wellbeing and sustainability. JRA’s idea was articulated around raising awareness of the hidden green spaces in the City and how technology can entice City users to discover them.
“The City has a variety of green spaces hidden within it but finding them is often by chance. These parks and gardens improve health and wellbeing by providing time away from the busy streets. Without intervening directly within these spaces we seek to raise awareness of them.
We propose a movable pavilion for installation in a variety of busy locations throughout the City. Through technology and sensory inputs the pavilion acts as a portal, connecting those walking through it with a local garden. Visitors leave with a virtual gift; a guide to the garden and an incentive to visit it.”
To find out more about JRA’s proposal, visit the exhibition at The City Centre until 7th July: www.thecitycentre.london/exhibitions-events/