Shortlist announced: International competition to design a more sustainable future for Tristan da Cunha’s community

RIBA Competitions and the Government of Tristan da Cunha are pleased to announce the shortlist for the competition seeking design ideas to create a more self-sustainable future for the Island community of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. The competition is seeking innovative, cost-effective approaches for the re-design and consolidation of Tristan’s government (community infrastructure) buildings; initiatives to significantly improve the living standards and performance of residential properties; together with improvements to the Island’s agrarian systems to better support grazing and the year-round growth of fresh produce.

The anonymous first phase of the competition attracted 37 entries from applicants based in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
15 schemes were long-listed by a Panel comprised of HH Alex Mitham (Tristan da Cunha Administrator and Head of Government), Laura Benyohai (Tristan da Cunha & Pitcairn Desk Officer, Foreign and Commonwealth Office) Chris Carnegy (Tristan da Cunha, UK representative), Jim Kerr (Tristan da Cunha, UK adviser) and John Whiles (Jestico + Whiles, acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser) when the Administrator was in the UK. Alex Mitham then presented the long-listed schemes to the Island Council for their further consideration on his return to Tristan in mid-July. The Council was delighted by the interest shown in Tristan by design teams from around the globe, toge The five concept designs short-listed for further development were submitted (in alphabetical order of design team lead) by:

  • Brock Carmichael Architects - Liverpool, UK
  • Lateral Office - Toronto, Canada
  • John Puttick Associates - New York, USA
  • Scott Brownrigg - Cardiff, UK
  • Javier Terrados and Fernando Suárez - Seville, Spain

HH Alex Mitham said: “On behalf of the community of Tristan da Cunha I would like to thank everyone who has participated in the competition to date. We were staggered by the scope and variety of ideas, and also heartened to see so many people wishing to assist such a remote community. It has been very difficult to agree a shortlist as there were so many wonderful initiatives. However after careful consideration the Island has chosen five schemes, and I would like to congratulate these teams on their design proposals. I know that the community will be enthralled to see these take shape into fully formed plans over the next few months.

It is very humbling to see so many teams from around the globe spend so much time and effort on their design proposals. Tristanians are very grateful for all the hard work involved and it has been an enlightening experience for the whole community.”

John Whiles commented: “This has been a complex and intriguing competition made all the richer by the worldwide response proposing an extraordinary range of solutions. The reward for me has been the detailed involvement of the Islanders in the selection of the last five entrants who now have a great challenge ahead to refine their initial proposals into an effective and achievable set of principles.”
Teams will be invited to present their developed design proposals to the Judging Panel when the Administrator next returns to the UK in early Summer 2016.ther with the myriad ideas contained within the design proposals.

This competition first appeared on WAN Business Information on 25/3/2015

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