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'Sustainable ideas' wanted from small practices for King's Cross development

The call has been put out for small practices to enter a competition for 'sustainable ideas' that could be incorporated into the redevelopment of King's Cross.

Part of this year's RIBA Guerilla Tactics conference, the competition, called 'The Green Dragons' Den', is looking for 'small achievable and sustainable ideas that can be developed in an urban context.'

Sponsored by Argent, the developer behind the King's Cross project, the competition has no restrictions on what the idea is, and it can be of any scale, be it a 'product, project, design idea or an innovative way to encourage sustainable behaviour within buildings.'

According to the competition brief, it is a 'chance for small practices to be part of a big project, as the sponsors wish to invest in the winning idea for inclusion in the King's Cross project.'

Entrants are asked to email their idea as an A4 PDF to RIBA Competitions. Three ideas will be selected from a shortlist, and the practices will then be asked to present their concept in front of an audience to the jury panel at the RIBA Small Practice Conference on 18th October.

As well as pitching to the expert panel of Green Dragons, there will be an opportunity for the audience to comment and cross-examine the shortlisted three. Information about the competition will be provided to delegates in advance.

The winner will get a £2,000 cash prize and the runners up will receive £500.

For further information or to download the competition brief visit RIBA Competitions at

or telephone 0113 2341335.

by Richard Vaughan

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