Yesterday I spent the majority of my day at Ecobuild on the jury for the seventh annual Isover student competition. Student competitions are such good practice; I’m all in favour of them. This is the second student competition I have judged this year, and it is an excellent way of encouraging students to engage with low carbon design.
See live streaming of the awards presentation at Ecobuild Wednesday afternoon here:
And the three winning schemes which will go on to the international finals in Prague here.
This is an international competition, but it’s only the second year UK students have participated, and the first year the competition was open to all students in RIBA-accredited programmes. The brief was compelling: a Passivhaus skyscraper in lower Manhattan. Not surprisingly, seven of the eight finalist teams were from Nottingham, home of the UK’s only MArch in Sustainable Tall Buildings, led by David Nicholson-Cole. David was on the stand every time I happened by, cheering his students along. And the students’ models made a welcome contrast with the acres of PV on display this year.
All of the teams held up quite well through the unnerving experience of presenting to a jury of eight. Wolfgang Feist insistently quizzed each team about how their buildings would cope with overheating during New York’s hot summers. John Prevc of MAKE ably stood in for Ken Shuttleworth who was en route from Hong Kong. See the full jury and competition details here.
Most of the schemes went for one big idea: a sky podium, a ’solar slice’ through the middle of the building, a garden ramp, a glazed facade of sunspaces - a sort of Denby Dale extrusion. The winning scheme - Green Canyons by Ankur Modi, Suruchi Modi and Chuyu Qui - proposed an imaginative prototype for greening the voids between Manhattan’s many skyscrapers.
Second place ‘Social Tower Experiment’ - by Yeuk Hei Wong, Xu Xu and Jianhui Chen - was a carefully considered scheme, which developed the concept of villages within the tower very successfully.
Would be good to get the word out so that more schools take up the Isover competition as a studio project next year.
Congratulations to all for the tremendous hard work you put into the competition.
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