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Architectural Design and Bouygues Batiment Interational announce winners of ‘Architecture and the Third Age’ student competition

Architectural Design (AD) magazine and Bouygues Batiment International (BBI), a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, have announced the winners of the 'Architecture and the Third Age’ student design competition which aimed to encourage innovative ideas around housing and lifestyle.

From a high standard of over 150 entries which were judged anonymously, three winners were selected - Liam Watford, Masters in Architecture student University of Portsmouth; Marco Possos, Masters in Architecture student Leeds Metropolitan University; and Mimi Kwan, Masters in Architecture student Leeds Metropolitan University.

“The winners distinguished themselves by their openness to engage with the wider urban and social implications of demographic change. Cooperation Street, the winning joint entry by Marco Possos and Mimi Kwan from Leeds Metropolitan University, stood out for its inventive solution at the neighbourhood scale, advocating community and cross-generational housing. It went beyond the notion of the single dwelling. Mood Wall House by Liam Whitfield at University of Portsmouth provided his own novel take on retrofitting, repurposing the terrace house for older occupants with the aid of new technology/social media, tackling the social alienation and loneliness that is so often a feature of old age,” said Helen Castle, editor of AD.

The competition was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students of architecture, interior design and related subjects, with no more than two people allowed to submit jointly. It attracted entries from students in over 30 institutes or universities in 11 countries and this international scope enabled the cultural issues that surround ageing to be represented from a global perspective. All the winning, running up and commended entries will be included in a forthcoming edition of AD, Designing for the Third Age: Architecture Redefined for a Generation of “Active Agers”, which will be guest-edited by Lorraine Farrelly, architecture and design professor at the University of Portsmouth, where the work of the shortlisted students will then also be exhibited.

“The competition could not been more diverse in its design responses: from the visionary and biomorphic to the pragmatic with the adaptation of terraced housing and specific buildings and some interesting modular/kit proposals. Entrants applied a whole palette of features and devices to ensure adaptability: modular segments, shipping containers, prefabrication, bi-fold and folding doors, flexible furniture on pulleys and permeable walls. They also grasped the importance for young and old, of letting the outside in and included green walls, balconies, rooftop gardens and courtyard spaces in their designs,” said Castle of the winning entries.

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