Living Steel presents
an opportunity for UK architects to provide a creative solution addressing the
challenge of supplying cost effective housing to the worlds growing population,
and in turn shine on an international stage. The deadline for expressions of
interest for the second competition in the worldwide Living Steel programme
is Friday 19 January 2007.
Housing a developing global population that is growing at the rate of a small
city every day poses a unique set of challenges. Flexible, sustainable, cost
effective housing solutions must be found.
This is the gauntlet that has been thrown down by Living Steel to architects
across the world as they are asked to design sustainable housing for Brazil,
China and the United Kingdom. Winners will receive a prize of 50,000 and
see their submission developed for construction in 2007-8.
Colin Ostler, Living Steel Competition Chairman, comments: Time is nearly
up to become involved in this exciting initiative. Living Steel presents an
opportunity to launch the reputation of the winning architects into a global
arena. The problem of housing the worlds growing population is enormous
and complex, and Living Steel offers architects the chance to help by actively
addressing this issue through design.
A UIA approved international jury will judge entries with confirmed jurors
Glenn Murcutt, 2002 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Price; Charles Correa,
widely acclaimed architect with expertise in housing and urbanisation; Andrew
Ogorzalek, one of the founding partners of UK-based PCKO Architects; Jaime Lerner,
International Union of Architects past president; James Berry, Design Director
of Skanska, Cui Kai of the China Architecture Design & Research Group and
Roberto Loeb one of Brazils premier contemporary architects.
We want people to think about how housing can be made more efficient
with steel, from design through to construction, continues Ostler.
Steel delivers great value. An innovative material, it offers a solution that
facilitates speed of construction and design flexibility, to provide durable
and comfortable living space.
The final date for submission of expressions of interest is 19 January 2007.
From these expressions, a short list of up to six architectural firms for each
of the three locations will be notified and provided with a detailed competition
brief in February 2007. Each short listed firm will be paid an honorarium of