The War Rooms, St. James's Park
by Ned Scott

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The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

This series of hand drawings by Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Ned Scott presents a science-fiction world in which London grows a jungle of crops for fuel and food next to Buckingham Palace.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: The Mall

The War Rooms, St. James's Park imagines a future in which the UK's energy supply has been cut following a war over energy resources in 2050.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: The Mall - detail

Scott presents a closed-loop agricultural system where London provides energy and food for itself without relying on imports.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Smart Grid

An anaerobic digester would stand on the outskirts of St. James's Park, filled with vertiginous crops.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: MP's House

A sky-scraping 'energy tower' nearby would have plants growing on every floor, and a smart grid would be installed for efficient energy use.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: MP's House - detail

Scott was inspired by Ebenezer Howard, the late 20th century thinker whose utopian writings led to the creation of several 'garden cities' in Britain.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: New St. James's Park

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Above: Energy Tower

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Above: Energy Tower - detail

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The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: The Instrument

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The War Rooms, St. James's Park

The War Rooms takes a science-fictional premise in which the UK’s energy supply networks are terminated following an Energy War in 2050.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Aerial Perspective

The project explores the implications of the decentralisation of the UK’s energy networks and the implementation of a closed-loop agrarian economy.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Aerial Perspective - detail

The science-fictional scenario presented and the subsequent urban strategies proposed address the challenges the UK faces regarding energy security and fuel poverty, and speculates on the hypothetical consequences of a future where the many risks associated with the UK’s long-term energy strategy come to bear

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Anaerobic Disaster

The War Rooms, St. James’s Park introduces an institutional framework for agrarian reform, inspired by Ebenezer Howard, which operates on three simultaneous scales representative of the three protagonists of Clifford D. Simak’s 'City': Man, Dog and Ant.

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Anaerobic Disaster - detail

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Energy Warehouse

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Energy Warehouse - detail

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Howard Boulevard

The War Rooms, St. James's Park by Ned Scott

Above: Howard Boulevard - detail

  • Christopher Angelakis

    These remind me of the illustrations of Brodsky and Utkin.

  • http://twitter.com/lynx234 @lynx234

    Digging for victory… up in the air.

  • vampire

    Interesting drawing project, but it’s not an idea. Typical things Bartlett students do again and again. Very nice, but not surprising.

  • jaycee

    Looks like Sketchup to me.

    • Tyler

      I thought I recognized a few classic Sketchup people in there. Even if that’s the case, and these were traced from views of a model, it doesn’t take anything away from the drawings, which are magnificent.

  • spiderman

    Nice drawings/illustrations for some sci-fi/fantasy book or concept art for a computer game (in a world where people have become monkeys once again), but I can’t really take that as a serious architectural/urban proposal. Maybe if the Energy Tower was even a bit higher.

  • helen

    It’s amazing. This is the sort of thing that non-design folks should see to fire the imagination. I would stick these illustrations at train stations and on the sides of buses. Beautiful :)

  • http://www.skopjearchitectureweek.com Ivan Mirkovski

    Like a scene from Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack vs Saint Elia’s visions.

    Quote from Saint Elia’s manifesto: “This architecture cannot be subjected to any law of historical continuity. It must be new, just as our state of mind is new.”