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Architecture Foundation launches Inmidtown Habitats design competition

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[Registration to be completed by 23 November 2011] The Architecture Foundation has launched an international design competition seeking proposals for urban beehives, bird boxes and planters in central London

Entrants to the two-stage contest, which aims to boost bidoiversity in the capital, must submit proposals for all three categories (beehives, bird boxes and planters).

Projects should be aesthetically and technically suitable for a variety of sites and should be worked up to the equivalent of RIBA stage D.

A walkthrough of the contest sites with a brief explanation of the areas and other details will be held on the 12th and 14th of October 2011.

A prize fund of £2,850 has been announced, with each shortlisted entrant receiving an additional £1,250 to construct their prototype. The final bulk-produced pieces should not exceed a manufacturing budget of £400 per unit.

The winning designs will be installed throughout the Holborn, Bloomsbury and St. Giles areas in mid 2012.

Examples and precedent from the AJBL

Urban planting from ERZ Ltd’s Concrete Garden

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