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« on: January 11, 2020, 11:49:32 pm »

The London Festival of Architecture, with Network Rail, is holding this competition called "sitting pretty". I'm not sure it's really about producing practical designs that will be used, if you read the blurb:

LFA and Network Rail have announced the design teams shortlisted to develop a new take on station seating, to brighten the experience of Londoners, commuters and visitors in some of Londonís largest train stations, in time for the Festivalís return to the capital in June 2020.

Architecture and design students, recent graduates and emerging practitioners were invited to consider engaging and imaginative seating solutions that can add value to and maximise the possibilities of the under-used public space within stations. With the opportunity to completely transform how passengers sit and wait for their trains, the competition seeks to inform a prototype for how a future of station seating might look, with the potential for winning ideas to be replicated across stations by Network Rail in the future.

LFA runs a lot of these competitions, several of which recently have been around stations if not in them. There was one about wayfinding around London Bridge station, and last year Wandsworth Borough supported one to brighten up the space under a railway bridge (Thessaly Road), won by Yinka Ilori. Pretty, huh?

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2020, 08:35:42 am »

I hope whatever appears will be better than the current (?) pierced bent metal design. This is a long way down with no arm rests to support when you have arthritic knees. I normally end up "sitting" on the curved top of the back rest, facing backwards not with my feet on the seat.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2020, 09:04:05 am »

LFA runs a lot of these competitions, several of which recently have been around stations if not in them. There was one about wayfinding around London Bridge station, and last year Wandworth Borough supported one to brighten up the space under a railway bridge (Thessaly Road), won by Yinka Ilori. Pretty, huh?

Similarly, two years ago, West Drayton railway bridge was refurbished with the history of the local area along the pedestrian walkways.

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The bridge has undergone an impressive facelift, including an extensive clean of its concrete pillars and facades and the installation of an specially-designed timeline mural that tells the history of the area from the years 929 to 2019. It has also been given new LED lighting.

The mural captures interesting and unique points of interest in West Drayton and Yiewsley, reminding local people of its agricultural and industrial heritage. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2020, 03:24:25 pm »

Wow, you'd almost think you were at Stapleton Road!  Cheesy

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