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RARA wins Resourceful Architect competition

The Redundant Architects Recreation Association (RARA) has won this year’s inaugural Resourceful Architect competition - an ideas competition organised by the RSA and The Architecture Foundation

The RARA is a workspace in Clapton, London, that has been designed and built with minimum resources to be as flexible and open to creative use as possible. The space can be let out by the day, week or month, and it caters for any budget.

The judges were impressed with Joe Swift’s presentation detailing the activities of the workspace in Clapton, London that has been designed and built with minimum resources to be as flexible and open to creative use as possible.

Asked what he’d spend the £2,000 prize money on Swift said: ‘A motorbike!’

‘I’m going to give £1,000 of it to my partner Sam. He’s in Uganda at the moment so he’ll get a grand so he can buy himself a motorbike and he can enjoy himself. He can spend some of it on recreation.’

Swift said the money safeguarded the organisation’s future:’It’s fantastic. It means we can continue to do what we’re doing - and pay next month’s rent. We need to have a big push to get more people using the space. And then we can move onto the next big thing!’

The shortlist of seven ideas were presented at the RSA on 18 May to a public audience and panel including property developer David Partridge, Brazilian architect Fernando de Mello Franco, design and environment consultant Peter Bishop and educational entrepreneur Sophie Haworth. The event was chaired by architecture professor and participatory planning pioneer Nabeel Hamdi.

This shortlist had previously been selected by a panel of Jennifer Dixon, architect, Austin-Smith: Lord; Edwin Heathcote, architecture & design correspondent, FT; Christine Murray, Editor, Architects’ Journal; Lewis Biggs, Director, Liverpool Biennial; Sarah Ichioka, Director, The Architecture Foundation; and Emily Campbell, Director of Design, RSA Projects.

Chair Nabeel Hamdi closed the day with some advice to young architects: ‘Believe in what you do, enjoy it, and make a bit of money from it.’

Anyone wishing to hire desk space, for periods from a few days to several months should get in touch with Joe Swift.



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