The Landscape Guide

Greenwich Millennium Village

Greenwich Millennium Village is often described as 'sustainable' but it is hard to see why. The morphology of the buildings is scarcely designed to conserve energy - it looks more like a traditional architect's ego-trip, however pleasing residents might find it.

The landscape planning for a truly sustainable village would, at least, include:

  • sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS)
  • buildings planned for energy generation and conservation
  • roofs and walls clad with vegetation and photovoltaic cells (to help re-balance the carbon cycle)
  • garden space for residents
  • composting of household waste
  • habitat creation on public open space
  • a well-planned cycle network with secure covered cycle storage in housing areas and beside transport interchanges


HOMEPAGE - Landscape Architecture London List

The fence bars entry to the wetland. The red notices say 'No Fishing' and 'No Swimming'.

The wetland park is visually and ecologically attractive - but it leaves residents with no garden space and no space for sustainable urban food production.

The white lettering reads: ' 60,000 shrubs have been planted along with 12,000 trees and enough turf to cover 20 football pitches'. This is NOT a sustainable approach to open space design. It produces the type of 'parkland' shown below.

This is Visual Space. It is not Ecological Space and it is not Social Space.