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The Gallery | Urban conversion

A number of iconic “garden” bridges using urban conversion are being planned in the UK and US in the next few years.

NCE reported last week that London mayor Boris Johnson had backed proposals for a bridge across the Thames between the existing Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

The bridge is reportedly based on New York’s “High Line” bridge, which was converted from a freight rail line to an elevated public park in 1999.

The States’ so-called “second city” is also planning a garden bridge. An unused, elevated rail line will be converted into a public park called the “Bloomingdale Trail”. Today the final plans for the trail were released to the public forming part of “The 606”, a package of improvements to three Chicago parks, as well as the creation of two new parks plus the Bloomingdale Trail.

Back in London, Architect Erect Architecture and landscape specialist J&L Gibbons have won a competition to regenerate a section of London’s South Bank with a design for an elevated walkway between Vauxhall and the new US embassy in Nine Elms.

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