Contest call to young designers

landscape designers and architechts have been challenged to create a memorable public space by the Design & art Direction (D&AD).

CABE is challenging landscape designers and architects of the future to create a memorable public space as part of its involvement in the Design & Art Direction (D&AD) Student Awards. The public space champion is urging higher education students to “design a structure or environment that will transform an under-used space into a memorable public place for young people”. The awards’ environmental design category brief, sponsored by the prime minister’s Better Public Building Award, also challenges students to create community engagement opportunities for young people. CABE has expressed concern that the majority of open space is designed for adult use, while the perception persists that young people are nuisances, rather than fellow citizens. Sarah Allan, CABE adviser and brief creator, said: “The students of today will be the architects and designers of tomorrow. We are confident they will seize this opportunity and demonstrate innovative, exciting ideas that will engage young people in community issues using the forgotten spaces found in many local neighbourhoods. The awards, now in their 28th year, are a platform for the best emerging design and advertising talent from colleges and universities on an international level. All winners receive an iconic D&AD yellow pencil, seen as a worldwide benchmark of creative excellence. The first prize winner gets £1,000 and the chance of a placement at a top design agency. The deadline for entries is 24 March 2006 and the winners will be revealed on 29 June. L For more information and the full design brief, visit www.dandad.org/education/ student-awards.

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