UK students sweep Fentress Architects' Workplace of the Future competition
Edinburgh students propose overhaul of Chinese agriculture with cloud technology to combat urbanisation
A team of three Taiwanese students from the University of Edinburgh beat 200 international participants with their Agri-Agency concept and have won the $10,000 prize which includes $3,000 in cash and a summer internship at Fentress Architects. The brief called for an exploration of the architectural implications on the workplace of distributed intelligence and instantaneous global communication.
The winning scheme looks at how rural agriculture in China could be reinterpreted using cloud technologies to fundamentally shift urbanisation trends. The proposal incorporates principles of hierarchy, defence and the ability to expand from traditional Chinese farmsteads and suggests that a web and cloud technology selling system could transform productivity.
A University of Westminster student took second place with a ‘FactoryHome’ concept which introduces a high density live-work community into an inner London neighbourhood.
The jury included DEGW (now AECOM Strategy Plus) founder Frank Duffy.