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Designer, activist, academic,
and author of Lo—TEK,
Design by Radical Indigenism.
A leading expert of Lo—TEK nature-based technologies for climate-resilience.
Her eponymously named studio brings creative and conceptual, interdisciplinary thinking to urban projects and corporate clients interested in systemic and sustainable change. Julia regularly teaches urban design at Harvard and Columbia University.
Greenwich Millennium Village Central Oval Master Plan
Date: 1996 - 2000
Location: London, UK
Project Team: Randle Siddeley & Associates + Julia Watson
Client: English Partnerships
Julia working in collaboration with Randle Siddeley and Associates designed the landscape master plan for the public realm of the Greenwich Millenium Village.
GMV is located on the Greenwich Peninsula, a one hundred and twenty-one-hectare brownfield redevelopment site, formerly occupied by the town gas works, on the southern banks of the River Thames in southeast London, about nine kilometers from the London city center. In 1997 English Partnerships committed to transforming the Peninsula, one of the largest development sites in London, into a new residential community. The regeneration project occupies twenty-nine hectares on the south-eastern side of the Peninsula. High-quality landscape and open space was a key feature of the vision for the district, which is a new urban village. The principal aim in the design of the square is to create a vibrant public space that becomes the heart and focus of the village.
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