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UK submissions sought for Doha Design Prize

you&me architecture's model for the Old Doha Prize in 2013
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The British Council is on the hunt for UK-based architects and designers to enter the Unlimited Doha Design Prize 2016

The design prize, which is supported by the RIBA and Foster + Partners, offers architects the chance to collaborate with architects working in the Gulf region as part of a week-long residency.

Taking place in Qatar, the residency aims to build links between the UK and the Gulf.

It is open to architects, urban designers, engineers, 3D designers, technologists and researchers.

During the residency 20 participants – 10 from the Gulf and 10 from the UK – will work in teams developing ideas around the theme of ‘The Open City’.

At the end of the residency a winning team will be awarded the Unlimited Doha Design Prize and a grant of £15,000 to allow the architects to further develop the project proposal as a team. This might include the implementation of the project in the form of an exhibition, research project, publication, installation, public intervention or film.

Vicky Richardson, British Council director architecture, design, fashion, said: ‘In bringing together designers and architects from two very different regions and cultures, the Unlimited Doha Design Prize will explore the differences and parallels between British and Gulf design.

‘We hope that this intensive collaborative process creates new opportunities and supports the exchange of knowledge; as well as contributing real, workable ideas to the future of the city of Doha which will last much longer than a one-week residency. I look forward to seeing the results.’

Jane Duncan, RIBA President, added: ‘The Unlimited Doha Design Prize provides UK and Gulf based architects and designers a unique opportunity to work together in the spirit of collaboration and experimentation to explore the concept of accessible, open cities and how the experience of movement within buildings and the public realm alike can be improved. By realising new ideas and innovative design solutions, participants can not only have a fundamental influence on the emerging cityscape of Doha, but also develop new knowledge that can be shared internationally.’

The prize follows that which was picked up by you&me architecture in 2013. The practice’s Iris Papadatou and Alicja Borkowska were awarded £15,000 to develop their winning proposal for transforming an historic area of the Qatari capital and worked with local architects in a week-long residency in Doha.

Entry for applications closes on 28 February and a shortlist will be announced on 2 March.

More information on how to apply can be found, here.

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