Four landscape architecture students from Kingston University had their work exhibited at the Oxo Tower in London, last week, after being long listed in a Greenpeace competition.

The Kingston University students' entry
The Kingston University students' entry

Greenpeace launched the Airplot competition as part of its efforts to stop the third runway being built at Heathrow.

The brief was to design a sustainable fortress to erect on a plot of land in the middle of where the runway would be built. The idea was to design a structure that could resist BAA’s bulldozers should the time come. The plot is known as the Airplot and is co-owned by Greenpeace and other campaigners such as Zac Goldsmith.

The judges were looking for “a practical solution with cultural and aesthetic power to match the depth and importance of what’s at stake”, and second year landscape architecture students Joe Sanders, Jason Winder, Yesol Park and Aaron Carpenter managed to create a design that caught the judges’ attention.

Although the plans for the third runway now look to have been scrapped, Greenpeace went ahead and chose a winner of the competition nonetheless.

See the winning entry.


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