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CAA and RIBA announce the winners for the Open Ideas competition, Visualising the Future of the City

The Commonwealth Associate of Architects (CAA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are delighted to announce the winners for the Open Ideas competition, Visualising the Future of the City, open to students of architecture internationally.  

The subject of the competition was inspired by the work of the UK Government’s Foresight Future of Cities project which has been considering the way in which some of these issues will affect the future of cities in the UK.  The competition asked entrants to show an understanding of the issues being faced by cities in the future around the globe.

The competition generated a great international response with 33 entries received in total and 18 from outside of the UK.

The competition was judged by a panel comprising Rukshan Widyalankara, President, Commonwealth Association of Architects CAA), Stephen R. Hodder, MBE, President, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Peter Oborn, RIBA Vice President International.  

The winners were announced at the RIBA President’s Reception on the 16 June as part of the CAA 50th Anniversary and International Summit, and are:

1st Prize:  The Cambedoo Solar Estate by John Cook, University of Westminster (C6)

2nd Prize:  The Floating Square Mile, London by Assia Stefanova, Newcastle University (C19)

Joint 3rd Prize:  Resuscitating Dhaka, Bin Saqyeed Bakhti (Lead) and Manal Anis from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology – BUET (C4)

Joint 3rd Prize:  My Intelligent Efficient City by Ryohei Fukuraha (Lead) and Yuki Abe, Kuniatsu Ishihara, Hiroki Oshima, Kohei Osako, Shonnsuke Seki, Kana Morioka, Zhang Yandong from MIE University, Japan (C13)

Rukshan Widyalankara, President, Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) said: “While, architecture of all entries have been executed with relaxed, broad strokes, they are indeed impressive, generous, and are of very high quality. They provide excellent premises for the development of new functional concepts for city needing resilience, and serve our intention excellently.  I am thankful for RIBA for organising the competition and setting the standard for future competitions in the Commonwealth.” 

Stephen R. Hodder MBE, President, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) said:  “I am delighted and honoured to be part of the judging panel for the CAA Student Competition 2015, which is an important part of the 50th Anniversary General Assembly of the CAA being celebrated in London at the RIBA.  The entrants to competition give us a view of future of our profession and architecture across the Commonwealth.  It is wonderful that the CAA is able to showcase this to the world. Congratulations to the well deserving winners and to the great ideas and enthusiasm demonstrated in all the entries.”

Peter Oborn, RIBA Vice President International said:  “I’m delighted that the competition has attracted such a wide range of responses from around the world, all of which reflect a real engagement with the subject. The entries illustrate the range of challenges faced by the cities of tomorrow and it’s been particularly interesting to see the way in which competitors have engaged with the underlying issues and have interpreted the brief according to their local circumstances.”

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