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Bartlett student bags £6k Foster travel scholarship

A student from the Bartlett School of Architecture has won the 2014 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

Joe Paxton won the award for his proposal, ‘Buffer Landscapes 2060’ which explores how reservoirs, artificial lakes and rivers can be used to help mitigate the potential threat from climate change and in particular, flooding (see attached).

Paxton (pictured) will receive a £6,000 grant to help fund research across a range of locations from Kamerik Polder in the Netherlands to Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, as well as investigating ‘glacier grafting’ in the Himalayas and large-scale flood planning in New York.

Norman Foster, who chaired the judging panel, said: ‘ The high standard of entries led to a lively discussion around several of the proposals, however I congratulate Joe Paxton as the worthy winner.

‘The locations that he plans to visit have been carefully researched and he approaches the issue of global warming and flood protection from an interesting perspective, in looking at the wider opportunities that these resourceful landscapes may present. I am delighted that the scholarship can support him in this valuable research.”

Applications for the scholarship, which is in its eighth year, were received from 36 universities in 12 countries. It was judged by a jury comprising of AJ editor Christine Murray, RIBA president Stephen Hodder, architect Edward Williams and Spencer de Grey, Stefan Behling and Narinder Sagoo from Foster + Partners.

2014 Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

Source: Aaron Hargreaves

2014 Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

The jury also singled out four entries for special mention: a study into urban agriculture by Benard Acellam of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; an investigation of ‘ghost towns’ by Harry Kay of the Architectural Association in London; ‘The Graveyard Shift’, a spatial and cultural analysis of burial sites by Adam Swinburn of the University of Technology Sydney; and Damian Szyjka of Cracow University of Technology, for his proposal to explore the potential impact of drone technology on cities.

Stephen Hodder said: ‘I warmly congratulate Joe Paxton who produced the winning project; this year’s prize has been awarded to a very deserving proposal that engages with a fundamentally important global issue.

‘I look forward to hearing about Joe’s travels and progress on this inspiring project which I hope will make a refreshing contribution to the essential debate on mitigating the effects of climate change.’

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