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Member of Hadlow Teaching Staff Wins Prestigious International Architectural Award

Posted on 3rd December 2015 in Agriculture

A member of Hadlow’s teaching staff has received a prestigious international award for his contribution to a book about architectural concepts which integrate sustainable food-growing systems into the design of cities. Dr. Howard Lee, Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture, was jointly awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) ‘President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research’ for his contribution to the 2014 book Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities.

Dr. Lee was part of a group of contributing academics, which included faculty members from the University of Brighton’s College of Arts and Humanities, Professor André Viljoen, Research Initiatives Leader, and Katrin Bohn, Senior Lecturer and recent Guest Professor at the Technical University of Berlin. The award was presented at a gala evening at RIBA’s headquarters in London on the 2nd December.

The book, which collates a body of research from the past ten years, focuses on the academics’ concept of Continuous Productive Urban Landscape (CPUL). CPUL proposes the integration of agriculture into open urban spaces and buildings, creating a sustainable, multifunctional landscape, whilst simultaneously reducing the ecological footprint of metropolitan areas and improving the quality of life for their inhabitants.

Dr. Lee said: “I am delighted to be part of the team that won this prestigious award. We have been collaborating on urban food planning research for the past eight years and this recognition by RIBA confirms that what we are trying to achieve has real value.”

For more information, contact: Philip Orrell, Hadlow Group PR and Media Manager, Tel: 01732 372794, philip.orrell@hadlow.ac.uk

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