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Shortlist announced for the Design Challenge for a mobile recording pod for BBC Radio's 4 The Listening Project


04 June 2013

Press release contact:

Julia Davies
T: +44 (0)113 203 1490
E: julia.davies@riba.org

The RIBA is delighted to announce the shortlist for the challenge to design a mobile recording ‘pod’ for BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project.

Over 80 designs were received from 13 countries all over the world. The judging panel, which included Fi Glover and Keith Williams acting as the RIBA Adviser, met to select the shortlist which is announced today as:

  • Jak Studio with Seymour Powell, Light IQ and Delicious Digital, London
  • Patalab Architecture, London
  • Henry Williams with Max Fordham Engineers, London

The shortlisted teams will now be invited to interview and discuss their designs in more detail to select the final successful design later this week.

The selected design team will start working with the BBC immediately to have the finished pod ready for use around the UK by Autumn 2013.

Tony Phillips, Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 commented: “My fellow panellists and I were hugely impressed by the range, the effort and the overall standard of the designs submitted, combining creative flair and technical precision as they did. Whittling them down to a shortlist of three proved to be extremely difficult, but it’s so exciting to think we are now so close to having a unique Radio 4 Listening Project pod to unveil to our listeners in the autumn. At the beginning of the year, Radio 4 announced its plans to bring the network’s arts and culture content to the fore; working with RIBA to commission a talented designer to create a Listening Project pod is a fitting embodiment of this commitment.”


Notes to editors

Please ensure RIBA Competitions are credited when mentioning the above competition. RIBA Competitions delivers variety, inspiration and value through expertly run design and architectural competitions. For further details visit www.architecture.com/competitions 

The Listening Project, presented by Fi Glover, is a Radio 4 initiative launched last year in partnership with BBC Local Radio and the Nations, in which people across the UK volunteer to record a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they’ve never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium.The project has had an impact on many people’s lives already, as well as producing some truly memorable radio moments. Now it is getting ready to go on the road, travelling around the country to enable as many people as possible to become involved.




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