The Bartlett School of Planning


Design Future London Awards 2023: School of Planning student finalists

21 June 2023

Congratulations to our two groups of finalists!

3D Abstract cubes. Video game geometric mosaic waves pattern. Construction of hills landscape using brown and green grass blocks. Concept of game minecraft

The Challenge

The Mayor of London worked with MOBIEMinecraft EducationC40Mayor's Fund for London and Croydon Council on a design challenge that aimed to inspire young Londoners to develop an interest in designing beautiful, affordable and sustainable places to live, work and visit.

This design challenge was open to all students across London. Participants had the opportunity to explore a custom built Minecraft world of Croydon Town Centre, and build their solutions block by block in Minecraft. 

The finalists

Isis Ciurleo and Thomas Li: Team Leoni

A resilient and inclusive Croydon Town Centre which mitigates climate change

Materials on roofing cover 20% of urban areas and are responsible for highest temperatures of thermal energy. To mitigate UHI we need high albedo roofing materials to reflect solar radiation To what extent can we mitigate UHI through urban design whilst creating efficient, inclusive public places in Croydon Town Centre? Changing Global Temperatures Slower than Average Faster than Average.

View team Leoni's submission.

Ben So, Yin Shen, Jin Wen Kee and Matt Xi: Team Creative Croydon

Croydon town centre: reviving Croydon's past retail centre

View team Creative Croydon's submission.