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Leading artists and architects unveil proposals to light up London’s bridges


Current: MRC and Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace

Proposals by six teams to light up bridges spanning the river Thames in central London have been unveiled this week. The Illuminated River is a project that has involved 73 artists, architects, designers, planners and engineers from across the world to develop schemes that would transform the capital at night. Each team developed a proposal for The work will be on show at a free exhibition at Royal Festival Hall London from 9 November after which the winning team will be selected on 8 December.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I am delighted that the Illuminated River Foundation has put these ideas on show.  We believe that the Illuminated River will not only be a wonderful celebration of the River Thames, London’s vital artery, but will make a major contribution to the growing importance of London’s night-time economy, underlining London as a world class city, and a centre for creative industries.”

The shortlisted entries are:


MRC and Adjaye Associates: Invisible Ripples

1. Blurring Boundaries
Adjaye Associates with Cai Guo-Qiang, Chris Ofili, Larry Bell, Jeremy Deller, Philippe Parreno, Richard Woods, Mariko Mori, Lorna Simpson, Teresita Fernández, Joana Vasconcelos, Angela Bulloch, Thukral & Tagra, Katharina Grosse, Glenn Ligon, Doug Aitken, Tomás Saraceno, onedotzero digital consultants, Plan A Consultants, DHA, Hurley Palmer Flatt, AKT II, AECOM, Arup, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tavernor Consultancy, DP9, Four Communications, Hayes Davidson digital visualisers, Bosch and iGuzzini


The Eternal Story of the River Thames _ Masterplan: MRC and AL_A

2. The Eternal Story of the River Thames
AL_A, Asif Kapadia, Simon Stephens, SEAM Design, Arup, GROSS. MAX., Mark Filip, Soundings and DP9


Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms: MRC and Diller Scofidio + Renfro

3. Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms
Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Oliver Beer, Arup, Copper Consultancy, L’Observatoire International, Penoyre & Prasad, Jennifer Tipton and Transsolar        


Current: MRC and Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace

4. Current
Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Future\Pace, Atelier Ten, Beckett Rankine, Bradley Hemmings, Core Five, Futurecity, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, MBNA Thames Clippers, Montagu Evans, Pentagram, Price & Myers


A River Ain’t Too Much To Light: MRC and Les Éclairagistes Associés

5. A River Ain’t Too Much To Light
Les Éclairagistes Associés (L.E.A.), ecqi ltd. and Federico Pietrella in association with GVA Lighting Europe Limited and ewo srl


Thames Nocturne: MRC and Sam Jacob Studio

6. Thames Nocturne
Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens with Studio Dekka, Daisy Froud, Elliott Wood, Jackson Coles and Professor John Tyrer

The complete proposals by each team can be viewed and commented on here..