The competition aims to highlight the potential of smart technologies in London’s Square Mile and calls for cutting-edge designs in response to the theme of Smart Green Spaces.
Atkins and Schréder formed a partnership to create the winning entry, ‘Key to the City’, using an augmented reality smartphone app and smart-enabled street furniture to celebrate the City of London’s network of over 150 green spaces, providing information on screen to help Londoners engage with their surroundings.
Neil Manthorpe, Atkins’ principal landscape architect, said: “The City of London has a rich history, culture and varied plethora of open spaces. ‘Key to the City’ will unlock these hidden layers through the use of smart innovations and encourage more to explore the diversity offered by the City. I hope this pushes forward the smarter cities agenda and encourages the realisation of healthier, more active streets and spaces across the City of London.”
Benjamin O’Connor, director of The City Centre, said: “Many people think of smart as purely technological and whilst technology plays a big part the key to a truly ‘smarter’ City is innovation. Changing the way people see and think about the City is critical. Atkins’ and Schréder’s ‘Key to the City’ celebrates the unique nature of the City’s green spaces whilst keeping innovation at its heart.”
Peter Murray, chairman of The City Centre and New London Architecture, said: “We chose ‘Key to the City’ because of the way that it integrated new technologies, use of data and augmented reality with public space improvements, green strategies and the necessary infrastructure to deliver high speed WiFi, Bluetooth as well as the more conventional benefits of good street lighting.”
The award for the Smart Green Spaces competition was presented to the ‘Key to the City’ team at an event held at The City Centre and attended by over 400 people on Thursday 27 April.
The City Centre’s ‘A Smarter City’ exhibition will run until December 2017. Shortlisted entries from each competition will be displayed.