Design board (detail) - Matt Townsend

Architecture BA graduate is announced second prize winner of Bauhaus Solar Award

10 November 2010

Recent Brookes University Architecture BA graduate, Matt Townsend has been awarded second prize in the international Bauhaus Solar Award 2010.

In the awards ceremony held in Erfurt, Germany on the 10th November 2010, Matt was endowed with 1.500 EUR for his innovative 'H2sOlar - Solar powered water filtration facility'. The press release explains the project.

"He [Matt] starts from the vision that the in 2040 sea levels will have risen so much as a result of climate change that major cities like London are under threat. The threatening lack of drinking water caused by this is remedied by innovatively collecting and preparing rainwater using power produced by photovoltaics."

The design was initally produced as part of Matt's 3rd year undergraduate studio work. It was part of the Unit C studio programme led by Igea Troiani and Andrew Dawson which focused on 'Architecture, Ecology and Science-fiction'.

In the first round, Matt was shortlisted by the international, highly qualified jury as one of 12 international winners (2 from the UK, 1 from Japan, 1 from Austria, 8 from Germany) from over 90 submitted works.

Matt's success in this competition is due to his creative approach to designing beautiful, sustainable and ethical architecture.