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CANDI Business students shortlisted for Design Future London competition

An innovative green space design by CANDI students goes up against other student designs in the final of the Design Future London competition.

A group of Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Business students from City and Islington College (CANDI) have been shortlisted for the Design Future London competition, run by the Mayor of London. The competition challenges young Londoners to design a solution around a built environment opportunity in their local area.

The team of five students, otherwise known as ‘Team W’, were Darko Kalia, Hajdari Krasniqi Bjorn, Khalil Abeed, Latif Subhan, and Said Nebil. They joined a shortlist of six entries chosen by judges. The winning entry will be chosen by a public vote, with voting ending at 12.00pm on 6 March 2024. The competition finalists have been invited to the Mayor’s Office on 8 March.

During the six-week project, students learnt about different career opportunities in the built environment sector and worked creatively and collaboratively while honing their skills. The project team worked together to identify problems relating to the Marlborough Building site in Islington before coming up with creative solutions.

CANDI Business students shortlisted for Design Future London competition

One of the students from Team W, Bjorn Hajdari Krasniqi, said: “In this project, we learnt how to create an open space and put real-life ideas into it. This helped us with teamwork and creating ideas it also made us realise the problems of youth nowadays”.

The students decided to convert the site into a green space to provide opportunities and benefits for the local community. Their innovative design included a glass roof to provide shelter while retaining sunlight, separate pools for children and adults, greenery, food stalls, trees, benches and fountains.

CANDI Business students shortlisted for Design Future London competition

Another member of Team W, Kalia Darko said: “We all worked in a team and gathered ideas to come up with our idea. […] By being involved in this project I improved my teamwork skills. I learned how to think of new ideas and create things, I really enjoyed doing this.”

Congratulations to our students on reaching the final for the Design Future London competition! You can vote for Team W here!

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