The Woodland Street Manifesto
Toby Prest's design research investigates how London's street trees can become a sustainable source of timber, empowering local communities.
The project explores the role of trees in London
The project explores the role of trees in London, critiquing current growth plans for transforming them into a productive urban forestry in ecological and material terms.
The provision of street trees varies significantly among London boroughs. By primarily focusing on planting more trees, key London policies fail to learn from past approaches to urban trees and the field of forestry and tree science. Both emphasise the need for site-specific solutions to achieve sustainable and equitable change.
Residents of Tower Hamlets and other areas with low canopy cover resist greening due to gentrification concerns. Toby Prest offers a new narrative that bridges climate activists, long-term residents and the government. It integrates new trees into London’s cultural fabric and utilises timber as a locally owned material resource, enabling residents to develop their own properties and communities. This approach mitigates carbon emissions associated with the processing and transportation of standard building elements.
The project empowers local communities and speculatively redefines our approach to extending and adapting the London vernacular.
Name Toby Prest (he/him)
Deparment The Bartlett School of Architecture
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Initiated in 2016 by Dr Ben Campkin and Lo Marshall, in collaboration with community groups the Raze Collective and the Queer Spaces Network, this research project focuses on nightlife spaces important to London's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) communities since 1986.
Whose Right to the Smart City: AHRC International Network 2016-2018
Ava Fatah Gen Schieck introduces 'Whose Right to the (Smart) City?,' a network of interdisciplinary academics and stakeholders that critically examine the use of ICTs by marginalised populations around the world.