The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is currently running ‘Inner Space 2050’; a design competition for Year 7 students (aged 11-12) in the UK as part of the b-live Employability Programme in an effort to improve the employability of young people. The schoolchildren were invited to design a sustainable headquarters for the future ‘Global Government’ of an overpopulated planet in 2050. All energy used by the structure was to be generated through renewable sources, whilst the building itself had to be composed of recycled materials and be designed in sections for assembly in Earth’s orbit.
More than 50 schools have taken part in the competition, with the top three project entries going to a public vote at Ecobuild 2011 (1st-3rd March). The winning team will be presented with a trophy by British particle physicist and Royal Society University Research Fellow, Professor Brian Cox. Paula Annels, Head of Policy & External Relations at the CIOB commented: “The built environment faces many challenges economically, environmentally and socially. But perhaps our biggest test is to reach the next generation and inspire those talented individuals to pursue a career in construction.
“Our Inner Space project has drawn in thousands of young minds and shown them what a career in the built environment can offer. It is a real coup to have Professor Cox take part. His work is a fantastic example of how a complex subject like physics can be brought to life and re-imagined in the public’s perception. It’s a close call between the students and us as to who is more excited.”