Results

1st Place

ID 834. Tianjun Xu

3rd Year. Zhejiang University, China

The scheme creatively confronts the challenges of demographic change and the pressures on rural life exerted by China’s breakneck urbanisation. As young people leave for the rapidly expanding cities, the elderly are left behind in decaying villages. This thoughtful and beautifully presented proposal aims to restore a sense of rural community life by creating a new village based on existing structures in the surrounding area. The hope is that a new settlement will attract people back to the countryside reversing the population drain and reconnecting the marginalised elderly populace with a community of all ages. The jury especially admired its incisive analysis of the social, economic and demographic issues and its imaginative response to place, context and topography. Drawing on vernacular precedents, the proposal seeks to evolve an authentically regional yet modern architecture that sits lightly in its dramatic hillside setting. Moreover, through its resonant articulation of context and culture, and its impressive potential for genuine social transformation, it also acts as an important paradigm that can be imitated elsewhere. An exceptional project and a highly worthy winner.

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2nd Place

ID 747. Liting Du

3rd Year. Zhejiang University, China

In a similar vein, this project for Quingchuan village in rural China aims to improve the quality of public space and social life in a small rural settlement abandoned by the young and populated mainly by elderly people. The complete absence of street lighting inhibits the ageing residents’ capacity to socialise and take an active part in the community, so the solution is to distribute a series of ‘illumination cubes’ around the village and along the surrounding valley floor. Within the village these light cubes are implanted in existing redundant buildings, coaxing them back to life. Thus abandoned spaces and structures are reinvigorated and the social fabric of the village reconstituted through a relatively simple and economic strategy. The jury thought this a highly impressive project that responded with great sensitivity to a complex and challenging set of social factors.

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3rd Place

ID 726. Rosie Hervey

5th Year. London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Set on a backland plot in London’s Aldgate district on the edge of the City, this proposal explores an edgier and more expressive urban alternative to the default suburban lifestyle that tends to be foisted on people as they grow older. Colonising the voids between existing blocks, the idea of sheltered housing is given a new twist, as the surrounding urban blocks provide a ‘protective jacket’ around housing a chapel/gallery, shops and a public courtyard. Residents are within easy reach of amenities and the buildings and the spaces are intended to create an informal ‘network of care’ that encourages and sustains intergenerational interaction. The jury admired the scheme’s evident social and urbanistic ambitions expressed through its beautifully sober, reticent architecture. The immensely sophisticated presentation brought the proposal vividly to life. 

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Commendations

The jury awarded seven commendations to a group of schemes that all reflected a generally high level of thought and inventiveness of approach. Each manifested particular qualities and added to the richness of debate on how to respond to the needs of elderly people across a range of geographically and socially diverse locales from Australia, Bangladesh, China, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Uganda and the UK.

 

Entry No. 546

Christopher Mewburn

4th Year, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

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Entry No. 610

Lim Zhi Rui

4th Year, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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Entry No. 657

Bryans Mukasa and Richard Musinguzi

4th Year, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda

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Entry No. 679

Shahida Sharmin and Erum Ahmed

5th Year, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

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Entry No. 691

Mumtaheena Rifat , Shakib Ahmed Lam, Sara Ahmed

3rd Year, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh

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Entry No. 721

Chin Liang See

4th (Year 1 Masters), National Taiwan University of Sciences and Technology, Taiwan

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Entry No. 807

John Killock

Year 5, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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Honourable Mentions

The jury made five further honourable mentions:

 

Entry No. 235

Esther Mecredy

Year 5, University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Entry No. 611

Samuel Sedgewick, Emily Scullion, Tom Sykes, Sean Normington

Year 4 (yr 1 masters), University of Northumbria, United Kingdom

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Entry No. 702

Yangbo Cui, Mengchen Li, Shuai Wong, Menyyi Wong, Shansham Wu, Jin Zhang

Year 6, Xian University of Architecture & Technology, China

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Entry No. 715

Farah Nusrat, Moshfequa Ifat, Sheikh Fazlur Rahman, Sinthia Zahangir

Year 4, Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh

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Entry No. 815

John Killock

Year 5, University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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Jury

Ashvinkumal Kantial, Group Chief Operating Officer Ong & Ong pta Ltd.

Rachel Sayers, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradle Studios

Catherine Slessor, Editor, The Architectural Review

Shamshul Wares, Professor and Dean of the School of Environment and Design, University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka

Peter Rich (Jury Chair), Architect and Educator.


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