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'a grim, dark, fantastic project'

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THE PRESIDENT'S MEDALS

Martha Schwartz

WINNER / SILVER MEDAL

YEW CHOONG CHAN

UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER

Vertical Energy, Lea Valley, London

Tutors: Simon Herron, Susanna Isa

This draws on the work of Professor Marc Baldo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is pioneering the use of spinach to generate electricity.

The scheme combines a power plant and a park, with five 60-storey towers housing the pods that grow the spinach. They will also burn it after extracting the protein. Marshlands will be reintroduced to the area, to benefit wildlife. The hydroponic towers will also increase oxygen levels in the area and absorb pollution.

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