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Europan 10 housing competition launched

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The Europe-wide competition aimed at up-and-coming practices has been officially launched

The tenth biennial contest features 61 sites across 19 countries – but does not include a single plot in Britain after CABE, the backer of the UK competition arm, failed to find any suitable sites.

This year’s theme is ‘Inventing Urbanity: Regeneration – Revitalization – Colonization’ and entrants will be asked to address to create ‘sustainable projects’ which both ‘create urban density and respect the environment’.

Russell Curtis of RCKa - one of the winners in Europan 9 with its Stoke-on-Trent scheme – believes the contest still offers great opportunities for British architects even though there are no ‘home-turf’ sites.

He said: ‘The UK has a wealth of architectural talent well-placed to succeed on a European stage, but one that has until now focused too hard on its own backyard. This was demonstrated in Europan 8, where we were the only UK team to win anything outside of the UK.

He added: ‘I would recommend entrants choose their sites carefully as briefs vary widely in terms of what approach is expected from the entries. In the past many of the continental sites tended to promote a more conceptual approach whilst the UK sites offered extremely detailed briefs which promoted well-developed entries.

Full information on rules, plots, timescales and registration details can be found at www.europan‐europe.com.

The deadline for submissions is 29 June 2009 and winners will be announced in January next year.

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