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High- and low-life city living in Railtrack's back yard

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The Architecture Foundation has invited eight international practices to take part in the second stage of its urban task force demonstration project competition, 'Living in the City'.

It has invited: Alsop and Stormer, Horden Cherry Lee, Ian Ritchie, West 8 and mvrdv Jean Nouvel, Helmut Richter and th Hamzah & Yeang.

They will be given £5,000 each and asked to design innovative proposals for urban living on the Railtrack-owned Bishopsgate Goodsyard site, addressing issues such as brownfield development, density, mixed use and sustainability.

A further four finalists will be plucked from the open stage of the competition, for which the submission deadline is 6 September. The sponsors of the competition, the Peabody Trust and Manhattan Loft Corporation, have pledged to commission a real housing project from two of the finalists, on other sites yet to be determined.

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