Press 15.12.2020

Adam Greatrix and Hilary Barber win LI 'Transforming the urban landscape' competition

We are proud to announce that Associate Partner Adam Greatrix and Graphic Designer Hilary Barber have won the ‘Transforming the urban landscape’ competition, a contest launched by the Landscape Institute to generate new thinking in the design and management of our cities, neighbourhoods and green spaces, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The duo beat off competition from over 160 entries from across the world. The free-to-enter international competition invited architects, landscape architects, designers and students to draw up imaginative concepts to address the demands that COVID-19 is making on the landscapes of our cities and towns. The entrants could base their proposal on any site in the UK or overseas. The LI received 160 entries from across the world.

Adam and Hilary’s competition-winning entry ‘Back Down to Earth’ focuses on the South Parade in Leeds and is ‘dedicated to all the unremarkable side streets where there is real potential to radically rethink, and pioneer an environmental revolution, responding to the post Covid-19 opportunities and critically, the climate emergency for the sake of all humanity. These streets could incrementally start to enrich the social and environmental fabric of our cities. Peeling away the existing grey carpet, ‘back down to earth’ promotes an ecosystem-led approach where people and biodiversity have equal importance to create a balanced, thriving and resilient streetscape for people and nature.’

The global pandemic has raised many questions about the future of our environments and presented a unique opportunity for landscape architects and urban designers to lead the way in the delivery of pioneering nature-led streets and open spaces that improve people’s health and combat climate change.

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A huge congratulations to Adam and Hilary!!!

View the competition-winning boards here.