The Landscape Institute design competition sought ideas to increase the green infrastructure of London. Our proposal was for the creation of 12,500 Ecological islands – sustainable stepping stones for flora, fauna and insect located on the roofs of bus shelters across London.
London is already a very green city, with large formal parks and vast unkempt commons. To link these spaces, to allow the spread of flora, fauna and insects, and to increase biodiversity is the ambition of our proposal. London needs to be considered in 3 dimensions to be understood from an insect’s point of view. The spaces between things, above and around buildings, signage and street furniture are a habitat in themselves.
This scheme will not only encourage biodiversity intensification but will decrease rainwater run off to the drainage system, reduce carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and add joy and the surprise of spring blooms viewed from surrounding upper floor windows and taller vehicles.