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Student contest opens for Tottenham community space

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An open student competition has been launched for a new public building in Tottenham Green, north London

Students of architecture at all levels are invited to participate in the contest which seeks ideas for a temporary ‘public room’ to be built this summer.

Organised by University of Cambridge design fellow Mark Smith, the competition focuses on a small plot of land at the northern end of the park which was at the centre unprecedented riots three years ago. Adams and Sutherland will complete a £1.2 million overhaul of the green this summer.

According to the competition brief: ‘Everyone is welcome and individuals will have opportunities to take part in ways that most suit there own skills but the majority of the work will be hands-on building.’

It continued: ‘If you are interested in making something you have drawn and learning about the reality of building then this is for you.’

A single winning design will be chosen alongside two runner-ups featuring ‘strong elements’. The designers will then work as a collaborative group to develop the three proposals into a final completed scheme.

Entries must include a site plan, short statement and 3D view and should be presented on one A3-sized PDF document of less than 2MB.

The winning teams will construct the scheme between 4 and 16 August.

Tools, materials and a design office will be provided however participants must be available throughout construction and pay for their own travel to the site.

The deadline for submissions is 15 July. Anyone interested in helping with construction must register by 4 August.


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Design brief

1. The design should include ideas about the landscape and a single structure or ‘public room’.
2. The landscape should be productive. The landowners want to start an ongoing community food garden.
3. The public room need not be insulated and warm but should be a rain cover.
4. The structure should be a focal point for events and gatherings and might include some performance space. It will be used all summer for various kind of events.
5. The neighbouring building has water and a kitchen that could be used for things happening
5. The structure should be considered as a celebratory, temporary intervention, whereas the landscape ideas might be more permanent.
6. You are welcome to make material proposals but a timber structure is favoured for the ‘garden room’ as this is easily sourced and worked; other materials might be used in conjunction and imaginative use of easily handled materisl will be favoured.
7. Proposals that are aware of the buildabilty and time constraints are welcomed.
8. We want to have fun making this and we want it to be very cool, so that will also be favoured.


Key dates

RSVP by email before 14 July

Submit competition entry 15 July

Build 4 to 16 August

Opening 16 August






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