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See pictures from AJ/Argent King's Cross Charette

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Architecture’s latest batch of up-and-coming talent descended on King’s Cross for this year’s AJ and Argent King’s Cross Charette yesterday.

The select group of 17 practices were given a challenging brief and just six hours to provide their response ahead of a gruelling critique at the end of the day.

Satwinder Samra of Sheffield-based Sauce Architects said: ’It’s all very good to come up with masterplans and solutions for the brief. But we didn’t want to go for a solution, we wanted to stimulate debate. We wanted to get people arguing!’

Held at the German Gymnasium, located at the centre of Argent’s King’s Cross redevelopment, the charette inspired schemes stretching from free range urban oases in London’s industrial heart to premeditated eco-terrorism.

The distinguished jury consisted of Argent’s joint-chief executive Roger Madelin, Camden Council’s head of urban design Bob West, The Architectural Review’s editor Paul Finch and The Architects’ Journal’s editor Kieran Long.

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