An Audio Journey Along Regent's Canal
A new audio journey by There Project, with sound design by Deborah Ridley
Commissioned by National Park City Foundation for the London Design Festival 2020

 

What, When, How and Where

Available from Friday 18 September
Accessible 24/7 with own phone and headset via https://www.thereproject.org
Recommended starting point: Islington Tunnel, London N1 8AP

We encourage listeners to experience the audio journey outside or on location, but it can be tuned into from anywhere in the world. This is an experience designed for individuals to enjoy using their own phone and headset. Nevertheless, please observe current social distancing guidelines.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes

 

Find out more

Visit the project page on the London Design Festival Website here.

 

Project Statement

What if cities were designed as spaces for both people and wildlife to thrive? What if we thought like coots or peregrines? This London Design Festival, There Project takes you on an audio journey through one of London's iconic landscapes - the 200-year-old Regent's Canal. Taking a bird's eye view, it questions whether design can help us become more ecocentric.

Starting at the Islington Tunnel, listeners will follow 15-year-old conservationist and wildlife writer Kabir Kaul, as he guides us on a walk East towards the Kingsland Basin Nature Reserve. Along the way, we hear from designers, thinkers, activists, and residents who are transforming our place in nature, and nature’s place in our National Park City.
Catch this audio journey on your walk between London Design Festival destinations (Regent's Canal is a great green and blue link between King's Cross Design District and Shoreditch Design Triangle), or tune in from anywhere else in the world for an opportunity to take a deep breath, transport yourself to the canal, and think about your own relationship with wildlife in the city.

Although this is not strictly a guided walk, we encourage everyone who can to go out and enjoy this audio journey outside, and if they can, on the Canal - recommended starting point is at Islington Tunnel (Colebrook Row, N1 8AP), walking East towards Kingsland Basin Nature Reserve (a leisurely 40mn walk). Please make sure to follow government guidelines on social distancing and outdoors gatherings to keep yourself and others safe. Own smartphone and headphones are needed to access the content via thereproject.org

Highlights

  • Conservationist and London National Park City Ranger Kabir Kaul’s shares observations on the wildlife encountered along the canal
  • Award-winning design practice Studio Ossidiana discuss the importance of making space for wildlife in cities, and how designers should be more like gardeners
  • Author Richard Smyth helps us take a bird's eye view on human activity and shares excerpts from his book An Indifference of Birds
  • "Goatman" designer Thomas Thwaites and Climate Museum UK co-founder Bridget McKenzie share their views on the role design can play in shifting mindsets and influencing ecocentric, regenerative cultures
  • Sabina Mohideen, Programme Manager at Design Council, highlights the urgency to adopt an ecocentric mindset when designing urban spaces, learning from indigenous cultures
  • Learn how the Wildlife Gardeners of Haggerston have restored biodiversity in their section of the Regent's Canal, turning the formerly industrial, undermaintained Kingsland Basin into a Nature Reserve - and their current fight for the needs of wildlife to be recognised in the planning process.
  • Gareth George, mooring ranger for the Canal & River Trust and a boater himself, shares insights into how life has changed on Regent's Canal in the last decade

Themes explored

  • Designing a more ecocentric city: For most of our history, we've mainly been designing for humans' benefit, and this has created a profound imbalance. To truly
    start regenerating, we need to learn to see the world from perspectives other than our own. Ecocentrism encourages us to see humans as part of a wider ecosystem, and invites us to challenge our inherited worldviews. Can we design for the benefit of other species too?
  • London Design Festival meets London National Park City: How can the London design community respond to London National Park City's call to make the city
    greener, wilder and healthier? Who will join in to take on this ambitious collective design brief? This project aims to bring closer together two creative visions for
    London, and the communities behind them, starting with a conversation and a walk, and building up to a network.
  • Looking forward to the next 200 years of the Regent's Canal: Turning 200 this year, Regent's Canal has served multiple purposes in its history, from its industrial
    past to its recreational and residential present. It is also a place of ecological diversity in the city. Originally constructed to serve industry, and therefore to serve human needs, what if we designed the next 200 years for multiple species? Could it be more inclusive, more complex, more integrated, more creative and more beautiful? This audio journey brings together a diversity of voices to build and share long term visions for the future, and a call to action to transform them into reality.
Tags: , ,

For our first anniversary, we held a special online event to showcase 100 voices making London greener, healthier and wilder.

A series of quick fire talks from inspirational people taking positive action to inspire us all to re-imagine London as a greener, healthier, wilder city.

The amazing range of speakers we had across all three evenings are listed below. Check them out, follow their links, connect with them on social media. We love a good conversation to create connections and new ideas!

Watch and Listen Now!

Watch many of our speakers now on our YouTube Channel. We've created a Playlist of them all.

We'll be uploading more videos of the talks, walks, conversations over the next week or so. Please do keep checking back for more.

We would like to continue to add Voices from our National Park City, so if you are interested in contributing a 3 minute video, please drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

100voices

Tuesday 21st June 2020

On the first day of our 100 Voices from London National Park City we heard from people across the city on subjects including fruit trails and community gardens, sustainable schools and greener choices, street art, cycling, litter, rivers, nature reserves, gardening and much more!

(scroll right on mobile)

NameTitleOrganisation (if relevant)TwitterInstagramWebsite
Ben Smith National Park City Foundation trustee introduction        
Ian Solomon-Kawall LITTER LIVE VIDEO PERFORMANCE May Project Gardens     https://www.3kmt.co.uk
Mike Priaulx Protecting Our Threatened Urban Biodiversity Islington Swfits Group islingt_swifts    
Divya Hariramani Fruity walks   FruityWalks FruityWalks  
Crista Buznea Greener Choices and Building Back Better in London       www.CristaBuznea.com
Martin Crabbe A New Podcast: Doorways to Sustainable Schools London Sustainable Schools Forum LdnSusSchools doorwayspodcast http://www.londonsustainableschools.org/doorways-podcast.html
Matt Ponting How I made a mini garden   _DoodlingAround doodling.around
Kate Stockings How lockdown has turned me into a London cyclist   kate_stockings   www.katestockings.com
Mark Kier You can be heard! Wildlife Protection        
Elayne Coakes Wildlife in your garden: the environment and your impact Willesden Green Town Team     WillesdenGreenTown
Chamu Kuppuswamy A National Park City in an International City Peak District National Park Authority - Volunteer Ranger      
Chloe & Alex Fertile Grounds Fertile Grounds   fertilegrounds.art  
Rob Gray Citizen Crane: using citizen science to improve a river Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) friendsrivcrane  
ATM Celebrating Freshwater Life ATMstreetart AtmStreetart atmstreetart  
Miles Attenborough Treasures of Tunnel Gardens      
Vitra Sookoo Sacred spaces        
Trevor Sharman Lammas Community Forest Garden, a space for real life Ealing Transition Initiative ealingtransition   www.ealingtransition.org.uk
Michelle Parkes Littering during lockdown Plogolution plogolution plogolution www.plogolution.com
Astha Johri LOT - London's Land Bank Royal College of Art      
Sophie Leguil More than Weeds: let's rewild our streets! More Than Weeds morethanweeds    
Peter Barbalov Ecologic Economies Farrells PeterBarbalov   http://linkedin.com/in/peterbarbalov
Shaira Begum Social and therapeutic gardening in women's refuges in East London Women's Environmental Network Shairaecostuff   climatereframe
Sian Moxon Rewilding Your Street: transforming London’s streets through design Rewild My Street rewildmystreet rewildmystreet www.rewildmystreet.org
Elliot Newton ReImagine, ReThink, ReWild London   elliotnewton90    
Ellie Life, but Greener. Greenish   _thegreenish thegreenish.co.uk
John Goldwyn Reimagining our urban centres through guerrilla greening WATG watgdesigns watgdesigns WATGDesigns
London National Park City Rangers What we can do with the power of 54       https://www.nationalparkcity.london/rangers

Wednesday 22nd June 2020

On the second day of our 100 Voices from London National Park City we heard from people across the city on subjects including wildlife photography and gardening networks, personal experiences of our wild city, solar schools, wild swimming, orienteering, digital technologies, fungi, food and forest bathing!

(scroll right on mobile)

NameTitleOrganisation (if relevant)TwitterInstagramWebsite
Eilish Kavanagh National Park City Foundation trustee introduction        
Aude Vuilliomenet GardensofThings - Digital Technologies to help greening London       www.gardensofthings.com
Michael Green Introducing the London Fungus Network London Fungus Network   londonfungusnetwork londonfungusnetwork
Vincent Brown Walworth Community Gardenning Network Walworth Community Garden Netwowrk cgnwalworth   walworthcgn.co.uk
Kelly Clark How Londons national cycle network links our communities and green spaces Sustrans      
Kathleen Hogan Ehrlich Reimagining Butler's Wharf Riverside Butler's Wharf Riverside Trust bwriverside butlerswharfriverside butlerswharfriverside
Kabir Kaul, National Park City Ranger My experiences with the Wild Side of London, one year on Not relevant Kaulofthewilduk   www.kaulofthewild.com
Kenneth Greenway Wild Food in the City The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park fothcp iamkengreenway www.fothcp.org    
Katie Mills Forest Bathing in London Forest Bathing London forestandfamily   www.katiemills.co.uk
Sarah Gregory Investing in the future of our communities May Project Gardens arevolutionofourown    
Dee O'Connell How the Lea Valley changed my life The Brokedown Palace / London Waterkeeper ldnwaterkeeper    
Agamemnon Otero Energy Garden: Opening up London train lines to biodivsersity Energy Garden EnergyGardenLDN    
Hugh Chapman Trees with wheels        
Donald Waugh Pavement2Catwalk - nature   Pave2Catwalk   pavement2catwalk.wordpress.com
Vinh-Phuong Orienteering in London: an exciting way to explore green spaces South London Orienteers sloweb   www.slow.org.uk
Zunaira Malik Not your average environmentalist Action for Conservation action4conserv   www.actionforconservation.org
Andy Rolfe Solar schools in London Ealing Transition and Schools’ Energy Coop ealingtransition   https://ealingtransition.org.uk/
Steve Watts Green Wall        
Armina Daescu Walking in London        
Ruxandra Calin Deep diving into green life: little but impactful changes - ruxcalin rux.c  
Jasmine Kamal-Pasha Celebrating London's nature and wildlife through photography   jasminekpasha jasminekpasha www.jasminekamalpasha.com
Oasis Play Stockwell Transforming lives through play and supporting the community through lockdown   oasisplay   oasisplay.org.uk
Joyce Veheary LendAndTend LendAndTend LendAndTend   www.lendandtend.com
Luke Newcombe, National Park City Ranger a mission to make Wood Green, Greener! GrowN22 Duke_Nuke   https://grown22.com/
London National Park City Rangers What we can do with the power of 54       https://www.nationalparkcity.london/rangers

Thursday 23rd June 2020

On the third day of our 100 Voices from London National Park City we heard from people across the city on subjects including cycling, wildflowers, inclusion and communities, blue sky and night sky, edible cities, photography, parkour, litter, art and experiences during lockdown.

(scroll right on mobile)

NameTitleOrganisation (if relevant)TwitterInstagramWebsite
Emily Hamilton National Park City Foundation trustee introduction        
Ian Solomon-Kawall LITTER LIVE VIDEO PERFORMANCE May Project Gardens     https://www.mayproject.org
Shirley Rodrigues Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy        
Andy Scholes Gipsy Hill Friends of Gipsy Hill OurGipsyHill    
Justine Boussard & Sarah Turner Designing London National Park City - There Project There Project     https://www.thereproject.org
Amanda Jacobs How to protect your local trees       amanda-jacobs-51317918
Momtaz Make your neighbours smile!   TheCraftCafe The_CraftCafe  
Dan Edwardes Urban Movement Parkour Generations   dan_edwardes https://www.facebook.com/danedwarde
Ingrina Shieh, National Park City Ranger What If the outdoors were for EVERYONE: Diversity and inclusion in the outdoors        
Francesco Cagnola LOT - London's Land Bank Royal College of Art     https://www.rcaservicedesign.com/projects/lot
Andrew Simms Rapid Transition - Lessons from Lockdown Rapid Transition Alliance RapidTransition   https://www.rapidtransition.org
Tim Boden The Oyster Wheel - circumnavigating London on a bike   tb_trekker   oysterwheel.wordpress.com
Sarah Cheesbrough Wild Neighbours: Portraits of London's Magnificent Creatures Sarah Cheesbrough Photography     www.sarahcheesbrough.com
Izzy, National Park City Ranger lessons from lockdown Action For Conservation action4conserv   actionforconservation.org
Khadijah lessons from lockdown Action For Conservation action4conserv   https://actionforconservation.org
Julie Futcher bluesky happiness a crowd sourced collaboration project #BlueSkyHappiness    
Cath Prisk Making getting outdoors as aspirational as reading to your child at night... Outdoor People outdoorpeeps outdoorpeopleuk www.outdoorpeople.org.uk
Amanda Tuke Are they weeds or wildflowers? Freelance writer and blogger: nature, people, place suburbanwilduk   www.freelancenaturewriter.com
Michael Holland My Garden is a Classroom! Growing Understandings pond_dipper pond_dipper  
Des Garrahan The Lockdown Days Ramblers in London walkngclasshero walking class hero www.walkingclasshero.org
Louise Yates Edible Cities Transition Town Crystal Palace 1louyates    
Abena Poku-Awuah Embedding sustainability into outdoor events        
James Clark Bringing communities together, turning estates green Wilder Communities WilderCommuniti    
dani connor How a baby squirrel inspired the world   daniconnorwild    
Megan Eaves London – A Stargazing City? International Dark-Sky Association megoizzy
  https://meganeaves.com/dark-skies
Sean McCormack Helping Ealing’s Owls Ealing Wildlife Group wildlifeealing ealingwildlifegroup www.ealingwildlifegroup.com
Donald Waugh Pavement2Catwalk - nature   Pave2Catwalk   https://pavement2catwalk.wordpress.com"
London National Park City Rangers What we can do with the power of 54        

Slide1

Slide3

Slide5

London is full of millions of people who have ideas and projects to make life better in our city. What if we shared those ideas more and inspired other people to do them too?

To celebrate the first anniversary of London becoming the world’s first National Park City next month, we are going to hold a special online event to showcase 100 people who are doing things to make our National Park City greener, healthier or wilder.

We will showcase 100 diverse voices, speaking on a wide range of topics and from every corner of our beautiful city. The stories will cover gardening, nature photography, walking, cycling, trees, climate change, parks and green spaces, green recovery, local volunteering, storytelling, arts and crafts, fungi, fitness, campaigning, parkour, skateboarding, community action....and many other creative ideas.

Join us for this online celebration filled with positivity to re-imagine what London can be. The event will be hosted by the National Park City Foundation and will include stories, videos, songs, poems and plenty of time to connect and continue the conversation.

 

Run your own #NationalParkCity Local Gathering

We are inviting friends groups, nature groups, schools and other organisations to create their own #NationalParkCity Local Gathering during a week in late Spring.

A Local Gathering is a local version of our regular Gathering which your group organise:

  • It is an event to which your community are invited
  • It may be an event you already had planned
  • It can be really small - really!
  • It has 2 or more speakers speaking about local groups and local actions, or about wider topics. Those speakers may be local or perhaps from further afield.
  • It promotes and shares the good things people are doing
  • It shares ideas from beyond your community
  • It is free to attend (but donations are ok)

Not already a member of a group? Why not set up a National Park City Group at work, in school, with colleagues or friends. A NationalParkCity Local Gathering is a great way to get a new group together.

So how about it?

  • Would you be interested in organising one ?
  • What would you do?
  • When would work best for you?
  • How could London National Park City help you make them a success?

To let us know, please use the form below or open the form full screen

Organise an Event during the #NationalParkCity Festival in July

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the #NationalParkCity Launch we will be running a #NationalParkCity Festival throughout July.

We are inviting you to organise an event during this time. It can be anything that helps people to enjoy London’s great outdoors or helps make the city greener, healthier and wilder.  It may be a Local Gathering as above.

We will help you reach as wide an audience as possible, especially people who do not know or feel that green spaces and outdoor places are for them. 

Let’s promote and share the good things people are doing locally!

  • Would you be interested in running an event for the Festival?
  • What would you do?
  • How could London National Park City help you make it a success?

To let us know, please use the form below or open the form full screen

This website uses cookies.