Siân Moxon encourages Londoners to adapt their gardens to encourage wildlife.
Date: 01 November 2018
Image credit; Viktoria Fenyes, an Architecture graduate.
Siân Moxon, senior lecturer and sustainability coordinator at The Cass, has hit a new milestone in her Rewild My Street campaign, with the launch of a new website.
Rewild My Street aims to inspire and provide guidance for people wishing to adapt their homes, gardens and streets to encourage urban wildlife. It seeks to bring London’s streets back to life, reversing the trend of them becoming grey and unsustainable.
Siân’s comments on the core idea of Rewild My Street:
‘The concept behind Rewild My Street means there would be no more paved over front gardens, no more felled street trees and no more synthetic lawns. It would instead bring back real greenery and real life. Every small change can add up to make a big difference. Children growing up on the street would have nature on their doorsteps, while residents of all ages would regain a sense of community, coming together for Neighbourhood Wildlife Watch events’.
Siân inspires the public by designing and producing vision drawings of a reimagined typical residential street in London, which can all be found on the Resources pages of her new website. These include: a street plan, aerial view, street elevation and garden elevation. Each image is used to highlight different information - wildlife habitats, DIY activities to attract wildlife, products for wildlife, or species of urban wildlife - and is accompanied by a table of links to associated external expert guidance, which she researched and collated.
The launch of the website, funded by The Cass and the Big Idea Challenge, took place at the Cardiff University Generosity Conference 2018, where Siân presented a paper on her project. This conference focuses on academics and creative practitioners presenting ways in which ‘architecture aspires to, or may be expected to, give more than is necessary’.
Last year, Siân won a design competition with her Rewild My Street idea, held by the National Park City Foundation, which challenged artists, designers and architects to imagine what London would look like as a national park. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and a London Met alumnus, made the aim for London to be declared the world’s first National Park City part of his environmental strategy, with goals to make 50% of the capital greenspace and its tree cover by 10% by 2050.
Latest news from the SchoolView all
Paris Photography Prize Success
Fashion Photography lecturer’s photograph wins bronze in international award.
London Met alum shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award
Jack Houston, who graduated from the University’s Creative Writing and English Literature programme, is among an illustrious group of nominees for the prestigious fiction prize.
Greening London: celebrating the capital's first anniversary as National Park City
Rewild My Street, the design-led campaign led by London Met’s Siân Moxon, was showcased in the celebrations.
Peter Marigold and Graduates
12-20 September 2020
Leading designer invites graduates of BA Furniture and Product Design to exhibit with him during the capital’s biggest annual celebration of design.
Yinka Ilori recognised for impact on design scene
London Met Furniture and Product Design alumnus has been awarded the Emerging Design Medal by London Design Festival.
Artists for Flood Relief: student raises funds for Pakistan disaster
Through an online exhibition of artworks donated from around the world, Shanzay Subzwari is part of a group selling prints to provide support for the recently flooded city of Karachi.
Shapeshifting the creative
Dr Jane Turner discusses the process of creating Gog Magog, a new dance film, and how global events shifted its form and structure.
Welcome to our new students
Congratulations to all new students joining London Met this year. We are still accepting applications through clearing - give us a call today on 0800 032 4441.
Think Make Play
The creative technology work by the School of Computing and Digital Media's Class of 2020 is presented in an online showcase.
Gog Magog: a new dance film
Inspired by ancient legends, this pioneering new film was developed through lockdown, and features a cast of dancers from around the world.
The visual history of London's street signs
A new photography book by London Met's Alistair Hall documents the most beautiful and curious nameplates of the capital.
Colorama: London Met grad designs one-of-a-kind skatepark
Furniture and Product Design alum Yinka Illori has used his signature style to transform the park.
Theatre at London Met number one for student satisfaction
For the second year running, 100% of Theatre and Performance students agreed that they were satisfied with their course.