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Europan 5 selects three sites in England

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Europan 5, the ideas competition for young architects which uses run- down sites throughout Europe, has chosen three sites in England this year.

In all, there are 66 sites in 19 countries, including Portugal, Estonia, Hungary and the Slovak Republic. The brief for each site centres on housing, and the theme is 'new housing landscapes - travel and proximity'. Competitors, who must be aged under 40, have to study site contexts such as energy, water, waste and landscape and make proposals for future use. They should also consider how new transport systems can affect the way housing can be designed, and look at the compact city with its intensified land uses.

Sites in England include warehouse land near a station and river in Dartford, sloping land near busy roads, business units and a garden suburb in Sheffield, and old factory buildings near a Nottingham motorway.

The jury includes writer Deyan Sudjic, Juliet Bidgood, who won Europan 2, and architect Neave Brown. Three winners will each win the equivalent of 10,000 ecus (around £6660) with three runners up pocketing 4000 ecus (around £2660).

The competition is sponsored by the riba, the detr and by English Partnerships, which wants to promote young architects and home in on new talent.

The deadline for registration and questions is 6 July.e deadline for entries is 30 September, with the result announced on 28 February 1999.

Entry cost is 90 ecus (£60) and an information brochure can be obtained from the riba Competitions Office, tel 0113 234 1335.

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