Not content with its first, wobbly one, London is planning its second pedestrian bridge across the Thames. The Garden Bridge would join Temple to the South Bank, between the existing Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges, and would be designed by Thomas Heatherwick, with the Dan Pearson Studio and Arup.
With half the funds already pledged for its construction, the Garden Bridge Trust and Transport for London have launched a public consultation. You can check out the plans for the bridge, read FAQs, and, if you have a UK postcode, voice your opinions online here.
I am personally a huge fan: though, if I was designing it, I’d want to include an edible aspect (perhaps a public orchard?), as well as habitat for a migration waystation and pollinator park. Plus room for a table that spans its entire length, for cross-Thames dinner parties! And, ideally, some clever and carefully designed opportunities for cross-species interaction and environmental remediation—perhaps through artificial mussel beds mounted on the bridge piers? Heatherwick, give me a call!