Archive for 28th February 2008

The 1st ASF Design Competition: presentation of entries

Architecture Sans Frontiers Cambridge in association with the No Mill Road Tesco campaign are to hold a presentation of awards of the 1st ASF design competition. There will also be a display of the competition entries.

Architecture Sans Frontiers Cambridge is an independent student society at Cambridge University and part of the global ASF network. Its objective is to learn from architects and architectural practices around the world to develop and promote sustainability and community in architecture. As part of this we also see working at a local, community level as hugely important.

The design competition applies the ASF principles of: innovative sustainability, community Involvement and ethically considerate design to a real local context.

The ‘Wilco site’ has been the location of an ongoing battle between Tesco who wish to develop the site and the local community who oppose this. The ASF competition seeks to find an alternative to the alternative most adapted to sustainability and the needs of the community.

The presentation will take place on Saturday 1st March at 5:00pm in the Lecture Room at the Department of Architecture, 1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge CB2 1PX.

There will be snacks, wine and soft drinks provided.

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Architects compete to find better use for Mill Road site

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A group of Cambridge University architecture students is holding a competition to find an alternative use for the old Wilco site on Mill Road, which Tesco has earmarked for the site of its fourteenth store in Cambridge. The group, Architecture Sans Frontiers Cambridge, is asking students to design a building or space which can be used by the community.

The competition, independently organized by ASF Cambridge but to be held at the University Department of Architecture [1], is scheduled to start at lunchtime on Friday 29th February, and finish in the evening on the Saturday 1st March. A reception and display of the entries, open to the public, will begin at 5pm on Saturday. The press is also invited to attend.

Sheila Jeffery, who has been looking into possible alternative uses for the Wilco site on behalf of the No Mill Road Tesco campaign, will be among the judges.

“Architecture Sans Frontiers Cambridge is about learning from architects around the world to develop and promote sustainability and community in architecture,” explained ASF Cambridge Co-President Robert Percy. “We consider having a real local issue as key to the relevance of this project, and the Mill Road community, as one of the most vibrant and united in Cambridge, is the perfect example.”

Sheila Jeffery added: “The No Mill Road Tesco Campaign is pleased to support Architecture Sans Frontiers with this competition as it is an ideal opportunity to show that sustainability and community need to be considered in architecture in projects in this country, on both new buildings and in refurbishing existing ones. This competition gives us all the opportunity to see what could be done with this site to the benefit of the community – giving it something it wants.”