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Architecture Foundation launches Bankside BikeShed competition

The Architecture Foundation (AF) has launched an international design competition for a portable bike shed at Bankside, south London

Run on behalf of local business improvement district Better Bankside, the brief is for a modular, portable and secure cycle parking solution.

With up to 17 per cent of regular trips to the area made by bicycle, the competition is part of Better Bankside’s EU-funded Smart Green Business strategy which aims to boost local businesses’ eco-performance and promote further cycling in the area.

Open to architects, designers, artists, product designers and other disciplines, entrants are encouraged to produce ‘flexible and innovative yet realisable’ proposals.

A prototype of the winning entry will be built with Better Bankside keen to establish the bike shed in the western end of its zone by March.

Entries will be judged anonymously by a jury featuring Deborah Saunt of DSDHA; Ashok Sinha, chief executive of the London Cycling Campaign; Sarah Ichioka, director of the Architecture Foundation and Jonathan Bell, architecture editor at Wallpaper* magazine.

The deadline for registration and payment is 16 February with Architecture Foundation members exempt from the competition’s £30 entry fee.

The final deadline for submissions of ideas is 18 February.


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