APRIL 15th 2013: LAUNCH PLAYscapes!
Which city is the most fun?
London, NYC, Buenos Aires, Barcelona,
We don’t know either... That’s why we are
asking you, the citizens of cities to make your city more fun.
Ask yourself where is that part of the city that is underused, undervalued, by-passed everyday because it’s neglected, rundown or just so boring that no one notices it.
Sounds like a good site to us and ready for some playful adaptive reuse. All you have to do is propose something to change it.
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In partnership with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity & the Cambodian Society of Architects (CSA) we sought designs that provided a sustainable future for housing in the South-east Asian country. Any proposal had to keep below a budget of $2000 and deal with the yearly flooding that effects most residential areas. The winning designs could influence the way they build housing in the region. This competition is a real chance to make a difference to a large group of working Cambodians lives. We are in discussion with other charitable organisations working in the region and hope that through the project we can raise the standards and create a sustainable agenda for future development. Although the competition only asked for a house design the implications of the project are great. This competition represents a real chance to make a difference and challenge a host of issues that relate to the environment, flooding, living standards and the construction process.
Shortlisted & Winners entries announced 'Click here'
To see some of the other amazing entries please click the links below:
Sought to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single occupancy households has led to increased numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty being forced to live in substandard living conditions & in the worst cases sleeping rough. We asked designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable, small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalised within society a safe place to live. Contestants were asked to site their proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000). Building Trust international is working with Levitt Bernstein (the winning architects), local government and community groups to secure planning for the winning design. The design competition has the continued support of Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA & Tall Engineers.
Shortlisted & Winners entries announced:
To see over 200 of the entries click the links below:
Competition to design a modular school for refugee and migrant communities on the border of Burma and Thailand. The main design challenge was to enable for deconstruction and reassembly due to restrictions on land ownership and the opportunity to one day move the school back over the border into Burma. The competition was a huge success with entries from over 30 countries, attracting widespread media coverage. The result culminating in;
- The construction of the winning design by Amadeo Bennetta and Daniel LaRossa, 'see images'
- A follow up series of build projects for other schools in the region informed by the first project meaning that the impact of the project currently has improved the learning environment and chances for education of almost 500 children There is a good chance the MOVING schools project will have a positive impact on 1000's of childrens lives.
-The publication of a book entitled 'MOVING Schools' available from the London Architectural Association bookshop, RIBA outlets and online,
-further interest in some of the running up designs from other schools and NGO's to be taken forward with additionally secured funding.
To see the winning designs and all the honourable mentions please
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those that take part in our competitions. You provide a wealth of ideas that promote humanitarian design and support the idea that designers can influence positive social change and have a role in shaping our World. By taking part you also help to build the projects through donating. The construction of the 'School 4 Burma' project would never have been possible without the funding collected from the competition which goes towards buying materials and employing local labour.