Six proposals have been shortlisted as part of the Illuminated River competition, which is aimed not only at delivering visually outstanding designs, but ones that make use of new technologies. The project was launched in June and has funding of £10 million (US$12.4 million) pledged to it so far. It will see 17 bridges illuminated from Chelsea to London’s financial district celebrating the river and making it more a part of London’s night-time economy.

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Adjaye & onedotzero’s “Blurring Boundaries” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Adjaye Associates)

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Cai Guo-Qiang’s “London Bridge is Falling Down” installation at Tower Bridge as part of Adjaye Associates’ Blurring Boundaries proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Adjaye Associates)

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Chris Ofili’s “Invisible Ripples” installation at London Bridge as part of Adjaye Associates’ Blurring Boundaries proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Adjaye Associates)

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Doug Aitken’s “Lightstream” installation at Chelsea Bridge as part of Adjaye Associates’ Blurring Boundaries proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Adjaye Associates)

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Glenn Ligon’s “Cross Road Blues” installation at Grosvenor Bridge as part of Adjaye Associates’ Blurring Boundaries proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Adjaye Associates)

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Jeremy Deller’s “Day Glow Bridge” installation at Southwark Bridge) as part of Adjaye Associates’ Blurring Boundaries proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Adjaye Associates)

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Chelsea Bridge as part of AL_A’s “The Eternal Story of the River Thames” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and AL_A)

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The Thames at high tide as envisaged in AL_A’s “The Eternal Story of the River Thames” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and AL_A)

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The Thames at low tide as envisaged in AL_A’s “The Eternal Story of the River Thames” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and AL_A)

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Westminster Bridge as part of AL_A’s “The Eternal Story of the River Thames” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and AL_A)

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A water screen with projected content at Chelsea Bridge as part of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

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The span of London Bridge near fully illuminated as part of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

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A “Torch Relay” special event at London Bridge as part of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

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A performance during low-tide at Waterloo Bridge as part of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

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Vertical beams light as part of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

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Westminster Bridge fully lit as part of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “Synchronizing the City: Its Natural and Urban Rhythms” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

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Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ “Current” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands)

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Chelsea Bridge as part of Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ “Current” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands)

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London Bridge as part of Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ “Current” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands)

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Waterloo Bridge as part of Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ “Current” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands)

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Westminster Bridge as part of Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ “Current” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands)

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Another view of Westminster Bridge as part of Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ “Current” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Leo Villareal and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands)

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Waterloo Bridge as part of Les Éclairagistes Associés’ “A River Ain’t Too Much To Light” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Les Éclairagistes Associés)

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Westminster Bridge as part of Les Éclairagistes Associés’ “A River Ain’t Too Much To Light” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Les Éclairagistes Associés)

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London Bridge as part of Les Éclairagistes Associés’ “A River Ain’t Too Much To Light” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Les Éclairagistes Associés)

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Chelsea Bridge as part of Les Éclairagistes Associés’ “A River Ain’t Too Much To Light” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Les Éclairagistes Associés)

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Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens’ “Thames Nocturne” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens)

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Chelsea Bridge as part of Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens’ “Thames Nocturne” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens)

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London Bridge as part of Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens’ “Thames Nocturne” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens)

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Waterloo Bridge as part of Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens’ “Thames Nocturne” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens)

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Westminster Bridge as part of Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens’ “Thames Nocturne” proposal(Credit: Malcolm Reading Consultants and Sam Jacob Studio and Simon Heijdens)

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