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Europan 9 launched with three new development sites

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The ninth Europan competition, the biennial housing competition for up-and-coming architects, has been officially unveiled.

The theme for Europan 9 is 'sustainable cities and new public spaces' and judges have been asked to look for 'housing design which is resource-efficient and will adapt to climate change, and which makes a positive contribution to local communities.'

CABE and English Partnerships, the organisers behind the UK arm of the competition, have unveiled details of three new development sites in England.

The varied sites include a 'first phase' waterside regeneration scheme in Stoke-on-Trent; a 'skyline' development just outside Sheffield city centre; and a development site within the expansion area of Milton Keynes.

Entrants will be hoping the contest - which has had a notoriously unproductive history - will be more successful than in previous years.

Eyes will be especially focused on the 2.4ha Fairfield site in Milton Keynes, following the uncertain outcome of Europan 8 (AJ 16.02.06). In the last competition the panel judging the entries for another plot in Milton Keynes was unable to choose an outright winner, leading to a battle between the two runners-up which continues to rumble on almost a year later.

Among this year's judges will be Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects; Neave Brown of Neave Brown Architects; and Christine Hawley, dean of the Bartlett.

The deadline for registration is 31 May and more information about the competition can be found at www.europan.org.uk

by Richard Waite

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