6th IAHH International Student Design Competition 2008
Theme : Sustainable Humane Habitats
Members of the Jury :
1.Prof. Frank Lyons ,Plymouth,U.K.– Chairman
2.Prof .Peter Rowe,
3,Prof. Rodney Harber, Durban,South Africa
4.Prof.Tom Fookes, Auckland, New Zealand
5.Prof. Neelkanth Chhaya, Ahmedabad, India
The Jury met over two days ( Jan 23,24, 2008 ) to adjudicate the Competition entries.
The Members elected Frank Lyons to act as their Chairman.
Over 90 teams of Students from 20 countries across the world registered for the Competition. There were schemes from North & South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe.87 Schemes were submitted and seen by the Jury.
On the first day, each member of the Jury studied all the entries and selected six to be examined further. The schemes selected in the first round were then examined further by the Jurors. A short list of seven was then scrutinised further and the winning schemes were selected.
Observation and Comments:
The jury felt that the overall standard of the work was very high, and given the wide geographical range of the entries, were pleasantly surprised by the consistent quality of the work. In almost all the entries, the work was very clearly presented, which made the task of reading and assessing the work informative, pleasant and enjoyable. The task set out in the brief was wide ranging and demanding and the Jury were impressed by the way that many of the entrants had been able to rise to the challenge. In most of the submissions the entrants
displayed a high level of commitment and energy. The jury was encouraged by the serious way that the problems had been analysed and examined. Given the general high quality of the work, the jury had some difficulty in selecting the winning schemes, but three schemes did consistently come to the top in the judging process and thes now take the winning places. Interestingly they represent three different ways of tackling the brief.
After deciding on the winning schemes, the envelopes containing the identity of the winning code nos. were opened. The prize winners are as follows.
First Prize:No 1303133 Housing for the Boatmakers –Mandvi (Kutch)
CEPT, Ahmedabad, India.
The first placed scheme chose to deal with a more or less completely clear site on the edge of an established city. After an analysis of the adjacent city, the design development started by overlaying a section of the existing city on the open site.
This technique established an appropriate scale and a familiar grain for the area that was then adjusted to the specific site conditions.
The Project explored the complex three-dimensional quality of the mixed use blocks and examined how the public spaces would provoke social interaction. The scheme also looked into the appropriate use of sustainable technologies, examined the expected salary range of various trades working in the area and designed construction costs to be within the range and reach of local workers.
This scheme consistently
stood out from the other entrants and offers an exemplary model of appropriate, humane urban development.
Second Prize: No.8307723 Reconstruction of Dapeng Ancient Town
Ma Jia, Ding Yifei, Lu Chao
HIT, SGS University, China
The approach taken by the second placed scheme adopted a model that preserved the significant key buildings and landmark features , within the area of study, and redeveloped large areas in and around these elements. The entrants sensitively maintained the existing grain of the city, but adjusted the old street pattern in order to repair the failing parts of the existing city and to create new nodal points where necessary.
The Scheme developed a range of mixed use units based on the traditional building/house types of the region and integrated these into the overall layout in a skillful way. The scheme represents a very sensitive and sensible way of developing and repairing damaged city environments.
Third Prize: No.1245430 Kumartuli Kolkata
Chen Yuxun ,Tan Ruixiang, Eugene Aw, Grace Chen, Heng Yinghui.
Department of Architecture, School of Design & Environment, Singapore.
The Third placed Scheme after analysing their selected area, decided to maintain much of the existing city-scape and suggested eight infil projects to repair the most damaged parts of the city. Five of these eight projects were then worked out in detail, showing an integration of residential, educational, social and commercial activities. Natural ventilation and passive energy systems were adapted where appropriate.
The scheme was
exemplary in the level of energy and commitment shown by the students and displayed some charming drawings and thoughtful design work.
Prof Frank Lyons Chairman of the Jury