'a grim, dark, fantastic project'
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.