A renewable energy scheme in rural Italy and an exploration into timber production, use and waste in Sweden have been named the best student architecture projects. The scheme is powered by a geothermal well, and features a pipeline and manufacturing spaces cascading down the valley landscape. The RIBA Dissertation Medal was won by Lizzie Osborne from the University of Huddersfield for her studies into The Gemini Club - Huddersfield's iconic gay club in the late s and early s, which was closed in following a series of raids. Her investigations Cesspits of Filth: Queer Vernaculars in West Yorkshire unpicked the impact of police brutality, the surveillance of queer spaces and the emergence of subcultures within the town — and the importance of studying their influence on the development of architectural design. The awards are open to students on any RIBA-accredited course worldwide. This year the institute invited a record schools of architecture in 82 countries to enter student work.
Families and flexibility over time in housing design
President’s Medals: Dissertation award | RIBAJ
Another factor was her own love of gardens. Understanding the term voyeurism in the wider sense of people-watching, her dissertation explores this tension between the private and the overlooked, considering the general chronological evolution of London terraces as gardens became associated with leisure rather than work. The dissertation considers degrees of overlooking at different scales: from the city; the street; from within the houses; and from within the garden. Historically, the nature of back gardens has been little-studied, possibly because of their essentially private nature. However with the benefit of satellite imagery, Price was able to analyse rear gardens in terraced properties in four London sites of varying centrality, and document variations and commonalities in walls, overlooking, relationship to the house, rear extensions, seating positions and foliage.
Ages through the Terrace looks at how changing family relationships have informed more or less flexibly designed homes. She chose the subject in response to the recent resurgence in multi-generational living driven by a shortage of affordable housing and care provision. This, along with changes to the traditional post-war nuclear family structure, is creating new, sometimes challenging, dynamics for domestic organisation. Her dissertation demonstrates how attitudes to age have changed historically. This is amplified by her research into three family terraced dwellings close to each other in Hackney, east London, built in the s, s and s.
Today, RIBA announced the student recipients of the President's Medals in recognition for their outstanding architectural research and study. This year reeled in design projects and dissertations from architecture schools in 37 countries, the highest number of entries in the award's history since it was established in This is an emerging generation of skilled thinkers who are able to distill complex ideas and resolve them into sophisticated architectural proposals. It takes a mantle of a folk story, that carves its way through the urban fabric of Pasila, Helsinki. The building is a repository that stores knowledge in a vast inter-generational bid to prevent the historic loss of information.