Beazley Designs of the Year Transport
Made from ordinary bricks, these small but powerful structures were used by Hong Kong protestors from the pro-democracy movement as roadblocks to slow down police vehicles.
When struck by a wheel, the top block falls away leaving the two remaining bricks, which together form a buttress that prevents the wheel from moving forward. These arches were referred to locally as ‘mini-Stonehenges’ or ‘brick battlegrounds’.
Easier to make and more difficult to clear than ordinary roadblocks, they became widespread when the protests escalated in November 2019.
Designed by Hong Kong protestors.