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Mumbai student scoops Norman Foster scholarship

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A student from the Rizvi College of Architecture in Mumbai has landed the 2011 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship

Sahil Bipin Deshpande impressed the judges with his ‘Sanitation: a case study across eight metropolises’ proposal.

The scholarship will take him to Delhi, Shanghai, Beijing, Oslo, Paris, Belfast, Kumasi and Johannesburg, where he will have the opportunity to develop a sustainable manifesto for sanitation, with applications for Mumbai.

The annual scheme - now in its fifth year - attracted a record number of applications from 39 RIBA-accredited schools.

The judging jury was led by Foster himself, and included RIBA president, Ruth Reed; Rowan Moore, writer and critic; Spencer de Grey, head of design at Foster + Partners; Stephen Hodder, chairman of Hodder + Partners; and Roger Risdill Smith, a senior partner at Foster + Partners.

The jury also highly commended a proposal by Stuart Taylor of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand: ‘Post-Earthquake Reconstruction in the Pacific Rim’.

Foster said: ‘To achieve a sustainable urban environment, the approach must be integrated, embracing buildings, transport, as well as infrastructure. Sanitation is part of the metabolism of a city - it is as vital to plan waste removal, as it is energy or water supply.

‘The proposal aims to tackle a reluctance to deal with the issue of sanitation through what I am sure will be a fascinating and informative study. We wish both Sahil and Stuart the best of luck.’

Ruth Reed, RIBA president said: ‘The RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with architecture within a global context. I warmly congratulate Sahil Bipin Deshpande who produced this year’s winning project; this year’s prize has been awarded to a very deserving proposal that engages with a fundamentally important issue for all cities.

‘I look forward to hearing about his travels and progress on this inspiring project which will have considerable benefits to his home city of Mumbai.’

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