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SILVER MEDAL RUNNERS-UP

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The Presidents medals 2001

Leyre Asensio Villoria Tutors: Ciro Najle, Hanif Kara Floating Beaches

THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION

MH'I am very interested in the issue of trying to extend the shoreline, and looking at people's relationship with the sea'

CP'She delighted in measurement'

SA'It's about density, finding new sites for occupation, movement through time' During the course of the year the population density along the Spanish coastline varies from overcrowding to almost complete emptiness. This is due to the enormous growth in tourism in the past two decades.

This growth continues.The project is an urban strategy to accommodate the variations in the rapid changes in density. A floating artificial ground between the city and the sea is proposed to ease the overcrowding.Several floating piers 500m long x 8m wide provide artificial ground.

The space between the piers accommodates leisure activities. Linking areas accommodate beachplots for five types of tourist tribes. A folding of the surface organises a range of additional small-scale and local activities. The need to negotiate different densities of use at specific times of the year allows us to rethink the role of the ground. The introduction of controlled flooding allows the usable ground area to expand or contract.

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The struggles of these colourful characters continue. . .

GH'I think it was quite subversive.

It was not about architecture as form, but about what happens to architecture over time. The energy is phenomenal' Daniel Masot

UNIVERSITY OF VALPARAISO, CHILE Tutor: Gustavo Aguayo Artisan Pier in the Chilean Patagonia This project is located in a network of roads which link small villages throughout the Chilean Patagonia. The project addresses landscape, weather and geography of a world divided into two: the inland and the coastal. The project sets out to build an infrastructure to provide support for all activities in the area, both maritime and tourist related.

A wooden shelter acts as both port and market square. In its form, construction and materials, the structure is deeply rooted in this particular landscape.

SA'As a building it had a purpose, and it took its purpose very seriously'

GH'A very powerful relationship between land and sea'

FM'A sensitive landscape intervention'

SA'Stood out as the project which took most responsibility for its landscape'

GH'It specifically engages with what's there, the context- lovely drawing'

FM'Incredibly powerful. Very nice drawings.

It's a very competent piece of work- the design proposal is an elegant extension of land into the sea' MH'I like it. It's direct and useful. Convincing'

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