Cambridge student Tom Haworth looks at how the fens can integrate urban expansion with ecology
Cambridge University MPhil student Tom Haworth has been highly commended for his project Room for Improvement by the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship. Haworth proposed anl analysis of global approaches to flood protection and land reclamation to inform his thesis project which looks at the Cambridge Sporting Lakes on a fenland site north of Cambridge.
Haworth’s proposal was to travel to The Netherlands, Andalusia, and New Orleans as part of his thesis research . Haworth’s work uses contemporary international responses to low-lying landscapes to integrate urban expansion with ecological improvement.
The £6,000 prize was won by University of Bath student Sigita Burbulyte with her project ‘Charles Booth Going Abroad’, which uses Victorian poverty maps as the inspiration for research into the slums of Hanoi, Nairobi, La Paz and Sofia. The jury was chaired by Lord Foster and included architecture critic Ellis Woodman, emerging architect Zohra Chiheb and Spencer de Grey, Stefan Behling and Narinder Sagoo of Foster + Partners.