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Revealed: RIBA and CAA future cities student contest winners

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The RIBA and Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) have unveiled the winners of an international student-only contest to imagine cities in the year 2065

John Cook of the University of Westminster won first prize for his Cambedoo Solar Estate proposal, while Newcastle University’s Assia Stefanova won second place with her Floating Square Mile scheme.

Joint third prize was meanwhile awarded to Bin Saqyeed Bakhti and Manal Anis from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and to a team from MIE University in Japan.

The winners

  • 1st Prize:  The Cambedoo Solar Estate by John Cook, University of Westminster
  • 2nd Prize:  The Floating Square Mile, London by Assia Stefanova, Newcastle University
  • Joint 3rd Prize:  Resuscitating Dhaka, Bin Sayeed Bakhti (Lead) and Manal Anis from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology – BUET
  • Joint 3rd Prize:  My Intelligent Efficient City by Ryohei Fukuraha (Lead) and Yuki Abe, Kuniatsu Ishihara, Hiroki Oshima, Kohei Osako, Shonnsuke Seki, Kana Morioka, Zhang Yandong from MIE University, Japan

More than 30 entries were submitted to the ‘Visualising the Future’ which asked students from around the world to consider what cities may look like in fifty years.

Judges included CAA president Rukshan Widyalankara, RIBA president Stephen Hodder and RIBA vice president international Peter Oborn.

Widyalankara said: ‘While, architecture of all entries have been executed with relaxed, broad strokes, they are indeed impressive, generous, and are of very high quality.

‘They provide excellent premises for the development of new functional concepts for city needing resilience, and serve our intention excellently.  I am thankful for RIBA for organising the competition and setting the standard for future competitions in the Commonwealth. ‘

Hodder added: ‘The entrants to competition give us a view of future of our profession and architecture across the Commonwealth.

‘It is wonderful that the CAA is able to showcase this to the world. Congratulations to the well deserving winners and to the great ideas and enthusiasm demonstrated in all the entries.’

Oborn commented: ‘The entries illustrate the range of challenges faced by the cities of tomorrow and it’s been particularly interesting to see the way in which competitors have engaged with the underlying issues and have interpreted the brief according to their local circumstances.’

The winners were announced at a RIBA presidential reception held as part of the CAA 50th Anniversary and International Summit in London yesterday (16 June).




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