Former student Oliver Andrew, BA (Hons) Architecture (Dept of The Built Environment) has won 1st prize in the 2011 Fentress Global Challenge.
After reviewing 200 innovative student submissions from around the world, Fentress Architects recently announced the winning designs for the 2011 Fentress Global Challenge, an international competition that invited students to present their vision for the Airport of the Future.
Oliver Andrew, who graduated in 2011, won 1st prize for his "LDN Delta Airport" design. Part of the prize included a one month paid internship in the Fentress main office in Denver, Colorado, with his work to be exhibited for three years on a world touring exhibition starting at Daniel Libeskind's Denver Art Museum.
The LDN Delta Airport is designed as prefabricated, mass-produced islands situated in the Thames Estuary, upstream from London. The airport would ease the overcrowding of the surrounding airports as there are no cars, runways nor check-in desks, but is served solely via public transportation. Flight information is connected through passengers' cell phones, providing the departure time and assigned gate. The airport supports vertical takeoff with hypersonic jets capable of flying at the edge of space, lifting off from purpose-built landing pads and uses the tidal currents to run on total sustainable power.
"Taking part in this competition has been fantastic from the moment I read the brief, to the moment I put pencil to paper," said Oliver. "I spent many long nights sketching and thinking the concept through, in order to create something innovative and revolutionary in airport design. My concept goes beyond today's airport design to propose a pioneering ecological solution for the future. A competition at this level is a real honour. I look forward to working with everyone at Fentress Architects."
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Posted: 21 February 2012