[ISOVER BLOG] A big thank you to all 23 teams who have already registered for the 2011 Multi Comfort House competition and to those who joined us for the online clinic last week
The session provided students with a valuable opportunity to put their questions regarding the competition, tall building design and the Multi-Comfort House concept to our team of experts, which included Philip Oldfield, Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Nottingham and Research Coordinator for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and Isover’s Head of Innovation, Gerry Mitchell.
As questions were fired around the online chat room I was struck by the enthusiasm of the teams. Putting together their entries will involve a significant amount of hard work and dedication and it was great to see so many logging on to our online clinic to take advantage of the knowledge and advice provided by our experts to help them put together a successful submission.
The fact that so many students have registered for the competition so far clearly demonstrates the appeal of this project and we only need look so far as our contacts on the @IsoverUK Twitter page to see that there is a thriving online community with a strong, shared interest in tall buildings and Passive House principles.
The urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, combined with the fact that the world is becoming increasingly urban, with larger and more densely populated cities, means that we are witnessing an increase in the number of skyscrapers and buildings built to Passive House standards. However, despite this, it is still a fairly niche subject with a relatively small number of universities offering courses in tall building architecture.
The perception of tall buildings has changed dramatically over recent years, with a move away from the residential concrete tower or office block and a shift towards thriving, multi-use buildings which enhance and intensify the urban experience. As a result, it would be great to see more universities placing greater emphasis on this subject by incorporating projects such as the Greenwich South Multi-Comfort House tower block into the syllabus for advanced architecture students.
The density, diversity of use and significant development potential of Greenwich South offers a rare opportunity to experiment with sustainability solutions on a district-wide scale. This is why we have chosen it as the backdrop for this year’s designs and we hope it offers entrants the opportunity to further their learning in terms of tall building and Passive House principles.
- Helen Tunnicliffe is Marketing Manager of Saint-Gobain Isover