Greenpeace is currently running a pretty damn awesome competition, designed to halt expansion of Heathrow Airport. They’ve bought a one-acre plot of land on the airport site, which has since been ‘distributed’ to tens of thousands of owners around the world. It stands in the way of the development of a BAA-proposed third runway and sixth terminal. They hope that this will be enough to stop the development, but just in case, they are looking for a design for an “impenetrable fortress” to physically block construction.
This is a really interesting concept, and quite a fascinating competition. Who will want to put their name towards something like this? The idea of a piece of architecture purposely designed to stop other architecture is really intriguing. I think the Architect as Activist is quite an interesting concept to explore our talents as sculptors of our built, natural and social environment.
Some pictures of the site from Greenpeace: