Taken from www.architecture.com
Based on the highly successful concept developed by RIBA London in 2010, which received over 140 entries, the North East Regional Office will be launching Forgotten Spaces 2012 on Tuesday 20 March. The competition will invite proposals for left-over land in the North East. Forgotten Spaces 2012 will be open to students, artists, designers, planners and architects across the UK.
Greater local engagement and active participation in the development of our urban realm is one of the central themes of the coalition government's current planning reforms. In the coming years we are likely to see an expanded role for neighbourhood and community groups in what gets built and where. Despite successive waves of economic booms, there are still plenty of overlooked and neglected sites across our region. Forgotten Spaces 2012 is an opportunity for testing ideas and is a chance to put locally inspired proposals out there.
A 'forgotten space' could be small or large - a grassy verge, a wasteland, an unused car park, a derelict building or underpass or flyover. The proposal could be simple or complex, commercial or public, a piece of public art or a new building, the only requirement is that it responds to the area and serves a function for the local community.
Tuesday 20 March: Competition launch
Friday 11 May: Registration deadline
Friday 13 July: Competition closes, all submissions received at RIBA North East by 4pm
Friday 10 August: Shortlist announced
September: Exhibition launch and winners reception (date tbc)
Three top prizes and up to five commendations will be awarded to the best schemes and a shortlist of up to 25 of the best proposals will be showcased in a public exhibition in Eldon Square during the autumn.
1st Prize: £5,000
2nd Prize: £2,000
3rd Prize: £1,000
For further information please contact Amanda McManus
t: 0191 2617441