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Emerging practices offered foundation for future work

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The Architecture Foundation has teamed up with developer Delancey Estates to offer a prize of a £60,000 new-build project as an added bonus to practices which make it into its latest glossy book of 'emerging architects'.

It has invited practices less than 10 years old to come forward and be showcased in New Architects II, a CABE-backed, 160-page, hardback volume of selected practices. Last week the foundation called for submissions to meet the 26 February deadline, but the chosen practices - the foundation is aiming for about 100 compared with the first edition of the book, which featured 83 - will also this year go forward in competition to design a retail kiosk and 'street art' for a new Delancey project in Islington, north London. The 30m 2free-standing kiosk will be built at the developer's new 13,500m 2retail and leisure project linking Upper Street to Liverpool Road. The Chapman Taylor scheme is already on site and will open around Easter 2002, including the newly constructed kiosk.

The £25 book, scheduled for publication this autumn, is sponsored by Delancey and will also be supported by the British Council. The publication will appear at an exhibition of British Architecture, which is set to take place at the Lisbon Biennale this October, and will accompany the exhibition's subsequent tour of European cities.

Practices need to supply details of a maximum of five projects, at least two of them built, plus details on staff numbers and qualifications, award-winning projects and a 500-word description of their ethos and approach. The foundation said those that were featured in the first book and also want to be in the second will be subject to the jury's view of whether they are still 'emerging'. The jury, which includes Anthony Hunt, Nigel Coates, Terence Conran, Richard Feilden, Louisa Hutton, Professor Izi Metzstein and Islington council chief executive Elisha Fullick, will select the practices on 2 March. They will be looking for 'design innovation and excellence, professionalism and integrity and high-quality building works'.

For details and a submission pack contact Rebecca Lesser at Wordsearch, e-mail studio@wordsearch.co.uk or tel 020 7549 5400.

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