Nomadic Allotments

[June 2010]


Dear WSA students,

Thank you for all your huge efforts over the last year in helping to
make this year's Student Festival such a success.

Members of the ISAF panel had a very enjoyable weekend in the sun engaging with all of your Bankside Urban Forest projects in London and more importantly watching how enthusiastically passers-by engaged with them.

Congratulations to Vertical Studio and particularly to the Nomadic Allotments students, volunteers, LFA organisers, Borough Market and Rachael Davidson to make this project built and successfully implemented.

It is time for celebrating. The ISAF review panel have also decided to award Nomadic Allotments as the best REUSE project.

You have all elevated the bar now for the next London Festival of Architecture in 2012!

Kindest regards,
Dr. Cristian Suau

Link to article in the Guardian and

WSA students volunteers have succesfully worked and finished the construction of mini mobile allotments at Borough Market in London.

allotment unitsAs part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010, students from the Welsh School of Architecture will be building ‘Nomadic Allotments’ for Borough Market and the Banskside area.

This project is delivered in collaboration between Borough Market and London Festival of Architecture. It has been led by Dr. Cristian Suau and in collaboration with Rachael Davidson.

Several allotment structures designed by the students has been constructed from reclaimed materials such as pallets board and packaging provided by Borough Market. The allotment structures will offer a variety of growing, eating and seating areas for market-goers, local visitors and residents alike.

The structures have been built at Borough Market between 28th May and 2nd June 2010 by Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University students and volunteers.

The allotments will be officially launched on the 4th July 2010 as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2010 providing the focus for Borough Market’s pop up Food Exchange.
Click to view pdf invite

Following the Festival local residents and the Bankside Community will have access to invaluable growing space in an area that currently has very little green space.


2010 Vertical Studio Options 4. Deployable Structures

recent article published by RIBA Journal (June issue, page 18) on student mobile allotments in London. (click here to view article)