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Revealed: finalists in RIBA contest for private rental housing

Manser Medal-winning practice Carl Turner Architects has been named among the finalists in the RIBA-run contest to design the next generation of private rented housing

Manser Medal-winning practice Carl Turner Architects has been named among the finalists in the RIBA-run contest to design the next generation of private rented housing.

New York-based practice actLAB and Edinburgh’s Andrew Stoane Architect are also shortlisted alongside a collaboration between Metropolitan Workshop, Richard MacCormac, Lee Mallet, WT Partnership, XCO2 and Frank Vickery.

The competition, which attacted more than 70 entrants, is backed by construction giants the Wates Group and Wates Family Enterprise.

Entrants were asked to come up with ideas for a privately rented suburban neighbourhood.

Simon Allford of AHMM and the RIBA adviser on the contest said:  ‘The competition’s ambition was to garner proposals to stimulate debate on the impact of the emerging private rented sector on the design, commissioning and management of potential new typologies and places. 

‘Key themes included ideas for the flexible use of spaces –home expansion, contraction, adaptability or mobility - as families change. Ideas for how the places can support new community models –making use of shared facilities and communal spaces.

‘There was also some serious consideration of the different challenge landlords face in managing these new homes and places and indeed how prospective tenants might engage in the same.’

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 25 November 2013. Use the buttons right to vote for your favourite.

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