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Visualising the Future of the City RIBA Competition

Visualising the Future of the City

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​John Cook, University of Westminster
Competition | Past

​Visualising the Future of the City

Cities throughout the world are facing unprecedented changes and the United Nations predicts that by 2050 nearly 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban. The competition was exploring how entrants thought their city would respond to such issues as the pressures of population growth, the impact of climate change and developments in technology.

Open International

The subject of the competition was inspired by the work of the UK Government’s Foresight Future of Cities project which has been considering the way in which some of these issues will affect the future of cities in the UK.

The competition asked students to show an understanding of the issues being faced by cities in the future around the globe. The competition generated a great international response with 33 entries received in total and 18 from outside of the UK.

The competition was judged by a panel comprising Rukshan Widyalankara, President, Commonwealth Association of Architects CAA), Stephen R. Hodder, MBE, President, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Peter Oborn, RIBA Vice President International.

The winners were announced at the RIBA President’s Reception on the 16 June as part of the CAA 50th Anniversary and International Summit, and are:

  • 1st Prize:
    The Cambedoo Solar Estate by John Cook, University of Westminster
  • 2nd Prize:
    The Floating Square Mile, London by Assia Stefanova, Newcastle University
  • Joint 3rd Prize:
    Resuscitating Dhaka, Bin Sayeed Bakhti (Lead) and Manal Anis from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology – BUET
  • Joint 3rd Prize:
    My Intelligent Efficient City by Ryohei Fukuraha (Lead) and Yuki Abe, Kuniatsu Ishihara, Hiroki Oshima, Kohei Osako, Shonnsuke Seki, Kana Morioka, Zhang Yandong from MIE University, Japan


“I am delighted and honoured to be part of the judging panel for the CAA Student Competition 2015, which is an important part of the 50th Anniversary General Assembly of the CAA being celebrated in London at the RIBA. The entrants to competition give us a view of future of our profession and architecture across the Commonwealth. It is wonderful that the CAA is able to showcase this to the world. Congratulations to the well deserving winners and to the great ideas and enthusiasm demonstrated in all the entries.”

Stephen R. Hodder MBE, Past President, RIBA
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