For their final assignment, students were charged to envision an architectural aspect within London’s Green Belt.

Isabel Sutherland, Noah Bishop, and Wesley Feero rose to the challenge of online group work, virtually illustrating a possible agricultural co-operative as focused on community and outreach as it is production and sustainability.

Students develop the Green Belt in London’s Virtual Classroom

Architecture is one of Syracuse London’s Special Programs, featuring multiple custom courses and studio spaces for the University’s renowned School of Architecture. London is an incubator city in that its accelerated pace of development and central position in global trade allow it to test, anticipate, and play out urban formulas and preoccupations pertinent to cities engaged in the new normal of global economic exchange. The London Architecture Program invites students to experience the multifaceted environment of the city, to reflect on its history, and to investigate its most urgent contemporary issues as they play out globally in time.

During the Spring 2020 semester, students focused on the Green Belt, a post-war planning mechanism to contain urban sprawl and enhance biodiversity near cities.


by Isabel Sutherland, Noah Bishop, and Wesley Feero

Welcome to the world of Agro-CoOp, London’s innovative new center for agricultural production and research. Completed in 2023, the massive structure is intended to address London’s two most essential needs: affordable housing and fresh, local food. Just outside Uxbridge, the building is connected to the thriving life of the city and the scenic countryside via underground train and highway. Here it sits at the intersection of two worlds: the urban metropolis and the productive landscape of the greenbelt.

In its three massive greenhouses facilities, the Agro – CoOp produces spinach tomatoes, corn, and chickens for poultry and eggs – products heavily imported from EU countries. The three crops are rotated between the fields, helping to naturally restore nutrients in the soil. This massive enclosed space allows for yearround growing, while scientists are busy studying and improving the plants to maximize production.

Visitors are welcomed at Agro-CoOp, including school children, university students, and tourists from around the world who want to see this unique building. The mission of Agro-CoOp is twofold:

  • to help provide food and housing for London residents, and to
  • to educate the public, raising awareness about the importance of sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Follow a day in the life of Agro-CoOp with the images and captions below to learn more about the unique project space.