Corus is inviting students to register their intent to enter its nineteenth Architectural Student Awards – ‘H2Ouse - Living on the water’.
Climate change and its affect on rising sea levels is the theme for this year’s award, which challenges students to design a creative housing solution utilising steel that will benefit a community living in an area either threatened by unpredictable water levels, or permanently on water.
Matthew Teague, Consultant Architect, Corus comments on the theme: “This year’s competition asks students to address a problem that hangs over new developments all over the UK – how can we build on flood plains without investing massively in the kind of flood protection common in the Netherlands”.
Final submissions could consider any number of possible solutions – a permanent dwelling or a flexible demountable temporary shelter that could easily be adapted to provide disaster relief for a location anywhere in the world. However, regardless of the form, the community should have zero impact on the environment and, despite the ever-present threat of flood, water conservation should also be a primary concern.
Teague continues: “As part of Corus’ commitment to support architects throughout their careers, this award provides a creative vehicle for a future generation of architects to make a genuine contribution to issues of global concern whilst learning about the use of steel in sustainable developments – from design through to construction. In ensuring the lessons of today are passed on, Corus is committed to driving the sustainability agenda through its education and training programmes.”
“Steel is an inherently flexible, strong and long lasting material, and has been at the forefront of architectural and engineering innovation throughout modern history – evolving with human needs. Steel is 100% recyclable, and can be re-used many times without any loss of quality. In that sense it is also a supremely sustainable material, one which is well suited to current concerns and the need to consider the environmental impact of buildings, their materials, design and future use”.
The Corus Architectural Student Awards are widely recognised by the UK academic community as one of the foremost awards aimed at students. With a total prize fund of £5000, the deadline for expressions of interest is 23 February 2007, with final entries due no later than 4.30pm on Friday 18 May 2007. The winning entries will be announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 27th June 2007 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, alongside an exhibition of commended work.
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