Got some forward-thinking urban design nous in you?

Got some forward-thinking urban design nous in you?

If you’re an architect, designer, or engineer with some forward-thinking urban design nous on how best to re-build Christchurch, the British High Commission wants to hear from you. It’s launched two travel scholarships to the United Kingdom, giving you the opportunity to meet with leaders of Britain’s urban design community. 

The British Council Christchurch Scholarships, in partnership with Massey University, challenge current students and graduates to submit concepts to support Christchurch’s redesign. Designers offering the best solutions in the fields of spatial, industrial and transport design, and architecture will snaffle the scholarships, valued at $6000 a piece. 

The scholarships include return airfares and accommodation in Britain for ten working days. The winners will also meet with the UK’s top university design faculties. 

"Innovation, creativity and sustainability are recognised as essential to successful modern urban design, whether it is in transport, buildings, infrastructure, green spaces or the integration of all of these,” said Massey University’s vice-chancellor Steve Maharey.  

As a guide to what the judges are looking for, entries should offer up designs for a vibrant and resilient society — concepts that “re-think urban space, and how to form and construct meaningful and appropriate physical and temporal environments for its inhabitants,” said Ingrid Leary, British Council New Zealand’s country director. 

“Entrants in the transport design category will need to propose ideas that build on the strength of Christchurch’s former public transport system, one that has a proven one-way system, bus and cycle networks, and well-used pedestrian and park facilities. We’re looking for original ideas which will reaffirm the city as a world leader in this field, and which offer clear and perceivable benefits for everyone living and working in Christchurch,” she added. 

Winners will be announced in August next year, Find out more here.

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