‘Ones to Watch’ will shape the future of British design

Three landscape architects on Design Council list of rising stars

The Design Council has selected 70 rising design stars in its ‘Ones to Watch’ project, aimed at identifying the people who will be the future of British Design. Among them are three landscape architects.

Chris Moss has been selected in the ‘healthy and happy’ category for Soapbox, a project to use old shipping containers to provide showers as well as seating and gardens. The idea is that this will make life easier for people to commute to work by bicycle and who have no shower facilities in their workplace. This project won the LI’s ‘Creating healthy places‘ competition.

Christos Diplas has a place in the ‘material world’ category for his Narcissus Project to create a sustainable landscape for London’s Royal Docks. This was a runner-up in the LI’s Royal Docks competition last year. His proposal ┬áputs greenhouses in the water, which can act as community spaces for growing vegetables and hosting workshops and exhibitions. Technology includes aquaponics, algal pods and transparent photovoltaics.

Also in the material world category is Yue Rao with her proposal for a linear park along London’s riverbank from Blackfriars Bridge to Lambeth, which was shortlisted in the LI’s High Line for London competition. Her scheme would place the current road underground and place the stone vertical retment with steps, float-board gardens and piers.

Noel Farrer, president of the LI, was among the judges asked to scout for talent withing organisations. Other judges looked for potential winners at New Designers, the Creative Conscience Awards, the RSA Student Design Awards and the RIBA President’s Medals Student Design Awards. A separate panel of judges, including Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of Lastminute.com and architect and TV star George Clarke, then made the final selection.

You can see all the results on the Design Council’s website.

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