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Contest opens for Nepal earthquake relief structures

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A design competition has been launched for innovative ideas to help rebuild Nepal following its recent devastating earthquake

Open to students and professionals, the GARS-NEPAL.TIBET Earthquake Emergency contest seeks proposals for relief projects – such as temporary housing, classrooms and hospitals – and for permanent reconstruction schemes.

The country was plunged into chaos by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April – flattening buildings, killing more than 7,000 people and injuring thousands more. A second 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 12 May.

Temporary schemes must be under two-storeys and should be quick to construct using local materials or suitable for air drop from small cargo planes.

Submissions should include renderings, model photos, plans and specifications with text in either Chinese or English.

Competition judges include Chinese University of Hong Kong associate professor Zhu Jingxiang and Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Park architect Yuan Ye.

A £63,000 prize fund will be shared between the competition winners which are set to be announced on 25 July.

Last month Pritzker Prize-winner Shigeru Ban announced his humanitarian relief outfit ‘Voluntary Architects’ Network’ will deploy emergency shelters in the region.

UK-based architecture charity Article 25 also launched an appeal for donations to rebuild Nepal’s schools shortly after the initial disaster.

The deadline for submissions is 10 July.

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