A landscape architects’ approach to greening Tooley Street in London

Robert Holden and Tom Turner discuss the landscape architecture of Tooley Street with reference to its history and to the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Jan Gehl. ┬áThe name Tooley Street is a corruption of ‘St Olave’s Street’ – and its character is being eroded by an monoculture approach to building office blocks with blank facades. Good urban landscape design could make Tooley Street a green street – in the sense of a street which is good from an environmental point of view. Like Exhibition Road, it should be managed as a shared space, with less vehicular dominance and more of the roadspace available for use by pedestrians, disabled people, cyclists and coffee drinkers.

Tom Turner

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