Shortlisted Award Entry

Our Part 2 architecture student is completing his university studies and has been shortlisted for this year’s RSA Student Design Awards (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Design).

The 'Branching Out' brief asks the question ‘How might we harness broad-leaved woodlands and their resources to increase their local economic, social and environmental value?’ 

Simon's project ‘Re-foresting’ is a set of nine productive model villages located along the M62, and within the ‘Northern Forest’. Each village uses the environmental conditions associated with their unique location to grow a different selection of tree species. The harvested materials are used to manufacture the villages’ future timber buildings.’ The project aims to promote the use of locally grown timber and revitalise the UK's timber industry.

Simon says: "Decisions on the trees we plant today should include species selected by architects and designers. This would ensure timber was put to its most effective use within the construction industry and re-find the element of timber craft he feels is lost within our buildings".

Best of luck with your entry Simon.
 


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