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AJ exclusive: Forgotten Spaces 2013 launched

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The RIBA has launched its popular ideas competition to reimagine neglected spaces in Lancashire and London

The RIBA’s Forgotten Spaces contest returns to London this year after a break in 2012.

A parallel competition will take place in Preston, following contests in Sheffield and Newcastle in 2011 and 2012.

The competition, which launches today (21 February), calls for architects and architecture students to dream up new designs for under-used spaces. There are cash prizes from an £8,000 fund for the best schemes in each city, with £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 earmarked for the first, second and third-placed respectively.

The 2013 competition will give entrants the option to select their own forgotten space, or consider specific sites put forward by London boroughs and Preston City Council that have been earmarked for redevelopment and improvement.

A ‘forgotten space’ could be small or large – an empty unit, scrubland, a derelict building, underpass or flyover. The proposal could be simple or complex, commercial or public, a piece of public art or a new building. The main requirement is that it responds to the local area and serves a function for the neighbouring community. Designers are encouraged to engage and work with local groups where possible.

The AJ continues its media partnership with the Forgotten Spaces competition and will publish all shortlisted entries this autumn. Finalists in the London contest will be showcased at Somerset House in October.

The RIBA has teamed up with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Landscape Institute, as well as sponsors Qatari Diar and Ordnance Survey for London, and with Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council, the Eric Wright Group and the University of Central Lancashire for Preston, to run the competition.

Open to RIBA, RTPI and Landscape Institute members, as well as students, artists, members of the public and community groups across the UK, it aims to create a broad platform for discussion about forgotten spaces across all age groups and disciplines.

• Deadlines: Online registration by 27 March; submissions by 9 May.

Full details here

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