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Green Dragons Den

Based on the successful TV series where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a group of experts to secure investment ‘The Green Dragons’ Den’ invites architects to come up with a small achievable and sustainable idea so good it will slay the dragons.

The challenge to small practices is: How do you combat climate change and its effect in the city? The Dragons will be looking for sustainable ideas that can be developed to work in an urban context.

Small practices are invited to enter unique ideas that could be used within Argent’s Kings Cross Central site in London. They are encouraged to collaborate with manufacturers or other professionals. There are no restrictions on what kind of idea this could be: any scale for any purpose be it a product, a project, a design idea, a construction process, or innovative ways to encourage sustainable behaviour within buildings.

Argent, the sponsor, wishes to invest in the winning idea, for inclusion in the Kings Cross Central project.

Entrants are asked to email their SAS idea as an A4 pdf to RIBA Competitions. Three ideas will be selected from a shortlist, and the practices will then be asked to present their concept at The RIBA Small Practice Conference on 18 October to the dragons (jury panel), in front of the delegates.

As well as pitching to the expert panel of Green Dragons, there will be opportunity for the audience to comment and cross examine the shortlisted three. Information will be provided to delegates in advance about the competition.

The winner will get a £2,000 cash prize and the runners up will receive £500.

For further information or to download the competition brief please visit RIBA Competitions at or tel 0113 2341335.

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