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Lincoln students’ Twitter-driven exhibit lands flower show gold

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Students from the University of Lincoln working with designers Harfleet and Harfleet have taken a gold medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London

The installation – which opens up in response to social media messages – was designed by students from Lincoln’s architecture, psychology and computer science courses.

Described as a prototype for ‘new technology at work in architecture’, the project features built-in hardware which detects tweets discussing the flower show.

A series of screens obscuring the garden’s foliage open up in response to the messages to reveal the structure’s concealed interior.

A collaborative work fabricated by the University’s Master of Architecture students aided by Architect and tutor Richard M Wright and Barbara Griffin, the piece is now in situ and receiving tweets.

Harfleet and Harfleet won a gold medal at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2010.

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