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Contest launched for Manchester Craft and Design Centre pop-up

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RIBA North West is holding a contest to upgrade the exhibition space inside the Manchester Craft and Design Centre (MCDC)

Open to RIBA members, architects in the North West and students – the project will create a new temporary installation for the centre’s ‘small and often awkward’ exhibition stage.

The winning vision for the £2,000 structure will be constructed and displayed inside the MCDC between February and May next year.

According to the competition brief, the installation must ‘not imitate or intimidate its surroundings, and should hold its own within our large open atrium.’

The document continued: ‘The winning design could, for example be a temporary pavilion structure, a sculpture or an interactive public artwork. We are open to your ideas, creativity and design expertise.’

Proposals are also expected to use sustainable, low-cost materials to create a ‘robust and high-quality’ structure.

MCDC will host an exhibition of submitted designs in November and the winner of the visitors’ choice award will be announced in January.

Judges will include Places Matter design review manager Charlotte Myhrum and John Bridge of RIBA North West.

The deadline for submissions is 31 October.

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