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AF launches contest to design New Aldgate

The Architecture Foundation (AF) has launched an open international competition to design a temporary New Aldgate on the edge the City of London

The landmark will stand throughout London’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and aims to ‘contribute to the celebration of the Games’ as well as raise ‘awareness of the City of London’ and strengthen links between the City and the regeneration of East London.

Run on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Architects and sponsored by the City Property Advisory Team (CPAT) of the City Corporation, the competition is open to architects, designers, artists, product designers and other disciplines.

The AF is looking for ‘bold and innovative yet realisable designs’ for the structure.

Entries will be judged anonymously by a panel including Mike Bear, Sheriff of the City of London; Peter Bishop, group director of design, development and environment, London Development Agency; Achim Borchardt Hume, chief curator at the Whitechapel Gallery; Roger France, Master of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects; Sarah Ichioka, director of The Architecture Foundation; and Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture (NLA).

The competition will be open to entries from 19 April until 28 May 2010 on the AF website. For further information on the competition contact aldgate@architecturefoundation.org.uk

A shortlist of design teams will be announced in June, and each awarded a £1,000 honorarium. A selection of entries will be on public display during the London Festival of Architecture 2010, where the public will be invited to comment on the designs.

A winner will be announced in July 2010

Historical factfile

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the destruction of the City gates; as such the new Aldgate landmark will celebrate openness, diversity and the City’s role as an international trading centre.

It will also help to define the identity of the rapidly changing Aldgate area and assist in its regeneration. Historically, Aldgate was known as ‘Ale-Gate’, so called because it was the only City gateway open to all. Sited on the location of the historic Ald-Gate, the landmark will be underscore that fact that the City now welcomes its neighbours rather than tries to keep them out.

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