'Make Bethnal Green' winners announced at RIBA
6th May 2010
The winners of 'Make Bethnal Green', affordable housing provider Affinity Sutton's first social housing competition for Part 2 students, have been announced at the RIBA.
Joe Williams and George Calver, both of Oxford Brookes, shared the prize, a years placement (six months each) at HTA Architects supported by Affinity Sutton.
In the event, the DS1 studio at Oxford Brookes University wiped the boards with competition, producing 7 of the 10 finalists. In addition to the joint winners, two of the commended students, Heena Mistry and Richard Mather, were also from the DS1 studio at Oxford Brookes. The third commended project was by Christopher Bell of Bath University.
The brief called for exemplar 21st century sustainable housing to replace an existing Affinity Sutton estate which recently celebrated its 100th birthday. The jury included representatives from Affinity Sutton, Peter Sharratt of WSP, and the chair of the Bethnal Green Residents' Association, among others and was chaired by Ian Taylor of FeildenCleggBradleyStudios.
Affinity Sutton was delighted with the quality of the student work which it hopes will raise the bar for design on its own housing portfolio. The eight architectural practices from the Affinity Sutton framework who hosted each competition finalist for a weeks placement to develop their initial designs to final submissions were happy to be associated with this worthwhile competition (Cartwright Pickard, Conran & Partners, HLM, HTA, Hunters, Karakusevic Carson, Levitt Bernstein, PRP, RH Partnership, RPS).
Each student found their experience in working with their respective practice partners and Affinity Sutton very rewarding. Oxford Brookes tutor Richard Rose-Casemore who had assigned the competition brief for his spring studio project said "I chose to run the 'Make Bethnal Green' competition this year as it embodied many of the issues I wanted the students to explore in the DS1 studio. Housing has been considered a high-risk theme in Schools of Architecture for a while. However, the need to understand the increasingly stringent codes and standards, contribute to the topical debates, and challenge dated pre-conceptions has never been more apposite."
"I had already decided to find a suitable project brief which would shadow the work we are undertaking at Design Engine in designing sustainable housing exemplars, and the Affinity Sutton brief offered a fascinating vehicle for that exercise. My practice colleagues have been able to input with specialist knowledge and we have carried out tutorials both in University and at the office. The students have visited some of the best built schemes in the UK and I also took them on a week-long study trip to Holland in March, where we were able to visit first hand the influential Dutch housing models which have been translated for the British lifestyle in schemes such as Accordia", he said.
Click here to read the event review published by the Sustainability Editor of the Architect's Journal on the 6th May 2010.