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The South East England Development Agency has unveiled a shortlist of seven firms in its international competition for sustainable housing for 'new ways of living and working' - first revealed by the AJ after the MIPIM conference last year (AJ 16.3.00).

The shortlist includes British firms Alsop Architects, APG Architects, Arup Associates, Buschow Henley, Evata UK and JCMT Architects. The final entry is a team effort, with Haddon Few Montushi and Dutch firm Inbo. The winner of the Chatham Maritime Housing Design competition will be chosen in May to create 7ha of housing on St Mary's Island, Kent.

The land is dotted with basins built in the nineteenth century for ship repairs. More than 300 firms applied when the project was launched last December by housing and planning minister Nick Raynsford, who wanted 'sustainable mixed communities rather than car-dependent dormitory suburbs in the South East'. Kent Architecture Centre is running the competition on behalf of SEEDA.

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