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Housing specialists miss out on innovation award shortlist

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The Architecture Foundation has drawn up a shortlist of six practices for its 'Innovation in Housing' competition, the AJ can reveal. The list of four London practices, one from Bristol and a German firm, bypasses architects with a strong housing pedigree which entered, such as Stock Woolstencroft, HTA and PRP Architects.

The competition was launched two months ago with housing association Circle 33 (AJ 26.4.01) to generate new 'house-plan typologies'. Organisers are hopeful that the winning design will eventually be built on a site in Bow, east London. Submissions were received from 140 practices internationally.

The shortlisted practices are: Peter Barber Architects; Circus Architects; East; Robert Ian Barnes Architects; White Design from Bristol; and BDB Architects of Germany. They will each receive an honorarium of £6,000. Detailed design proposals are to be submitted by 21 September.

Those not on the shortlist include Urban Salon, dRMM, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, Bill Dunster Architects and Sergison Bates Architects.

The six shortlisted entries generated a wide variety of solutions, including a development of prefabricated boxes by White Design praised by the jury for its 'elegant spatial qualities'; an 'expensive' but 'ingeniously handled' series of terraces and courtyards from Peter Barber; and Circus Architects' combination of a perimeter wall and 'fingers' of mews streets (pictured below) - which had the potential of becoming a 'local landmark'.

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