upcycled sustainable street realm by Baharash Architecture
upcycled sustainable street realm by Baharash Architecture
upcycled sustainable street realm by Baharash Architecture
upcycled sustainable street realm by Baharash Architecture

Challenge

How do we Upcycle tyres? Every day, 60 million tyres are wasted in the UK, and disposing of them is a problem. Since 2006, their disposals in landfills have been banned.

Upcycling tyres into parklets is an innovative project launched by Baharash Architecture in 2008.

‘Upcycling’ is a term given to items that are rescued and re-purposed to prevent them from becoming waste – while upping their value. Old tyres have become an interesting feature in gardens as planters. The tyres can be painted and decorated. They are also widely upcycled into swings for playgrounds.

If we “Forest” some of our parking bays and upcycle tyres into parklets, the disposal of tyres will no longer be a problem but a sustainable solution to a greener environment. The project also draws attention to just how much space is given up to cars in the city. We were able to replace 1 parking bay for 6 trees. By taking just one car off the road, we provided 6 trees including seating areas for people to enjoy. The trees will mitigate pollution, provide habitation for wildlife, and create healthy places in dense cities.

The project by Baharash Architecture was selected as a finalist in a public realm competition as part of London Festival of Architecture 2008.

client

London Festival of Architecture

What we did

All services from Concept Design to completion.

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