Oh dear did Plymouth really deserve this?
All very laudable and morally correct but surely the simple fact that the winning authors could probably only receive a modest financial benefit for what will clearly be a big commitment on all levels just perpetuates the sense that the practice of architecture is increasingly the preserve of those who either have support from wealthy family/partners or those who don’t need money to survive
The proliferation of temporary pavilions, structures and other mean time interventions whilst undoubtedly the generator of much worthiness amongst those who immediately benefit from the accompanying publicity is actually incredibly damaging to the relevance of a profession increasingly marginalised except when a bit of free creativity is required
That’s why there are so many younger/smaller practices chasing smaller commission in effect working for little or no return with little real prospect of growth
It’s not a competition it’s an EOI which means that it’s essentially restricted to practices with previous experience
It’s very telling that if you inspect the RIBA competition site nearly every so called competition was invited only so it’s a bit of a joke for the RIBA to be campaigning for architecture to more broadly represent the population it serves whilst restricting opportunities
Congratulations that should keep them too busy to despoil anything in Europe anytime soon
Fully functional spaces? How radical!