Urban Buzz (2018)

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A talented multidisciplinary team of #tomorrowstimbertalent from some of Britain’s best-known universities have won TRADA’s prestigious undergraduate Urban Buzz competition.


Edward Shaw and Wing Lam Lo from the University of Sheffield, Katy Horner from Edinburgh Napier University, Will Evans from Coventry University and Jure Zibret from Leicester School of Architecture, ‘Team 6’, beat off eleven impressive rivals to win the £2000 top prize with their ground-breaking entry of a multi-storey timber car park.


Speaking on behalf of the winning team, Edward Shaw said: “We are so excited to win Urban Buzz 2018. Representing our respective universities, presenting our designs to a panel of eminent judges, learning to work under pressure in a multidisciplinary team and innovating with timber has all been a fantastic experience.”




Winners: Team Six


Edward Shaw, University of Sheffield
Will Evans, Coventry University


Jure Zibret, Leicester School of Architecture
Katy Horner, Edinburgh Napier University


Landscape Architect:
Wing Lam Lo, University of Sheffield


Teams 11 & 12 also scooped ‘highly commended’ and £1000 to be divided between each team member, demonstrating the extraordinary pool of timber talent in British universities today.


60 students from 28 universities took part in an intense ‘charrette-style’ challenge at the University of Sheffield last weekend, to conceive ways that timber can be used in the creation of a timber multi-storey car park.


Entrants wowed a distinguished panel of judges with their unique designs, including: architects Carol Costello and Alex Abbey of Cullinan Studio, and Waugh Thistleton’s Kieran Walker; engineers Matt Caldwell of BuroHappold, Keerthi Ranasinghe from the TRADA Advisory Committee, and Arup’s Susie Gregory; and landscape architects Stephanie Crewe of HLM Architects and Kate Shearer of Ares.


Tabitha Binding, Manager of the University Engagement Programme at TRADA, said: “I would like to thank Sheffield University, the judges and sponsors for this competition. Such a brilliant event could not happen without the time, dedication and support of everyone involved. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up for their inspired designs. It was great to see the architectural, engineering and landscape students turn from individuals into design teams, embrace the challenge and deliver well thought through timber concepts. I am thrilled at the enthusiasm with which our multidisciplinary competition has been met. I hope others will be inspired to enter TRADA’s undergraduate challenge in 2019.


"Thanks to the TRADA Bookshop and Wood for Good, each student competitor received a copy of Structural timber elements or Modern timber house."



Highly Commended: Team Eleven


Rhys Davis, Coventry University
Ross Dobson, Northumbria University


Vidal Jackson, Liverpool John Moores
Rebecca Irving, University of Strathclyde


Landscape Architect:
Lucy Wilson, University of Sheffield


In recognition of the importance of promoting timber in education, Urban Buzz 2018 was sponsored by the Timber Trade Federation (TTF), Arnold Laver, Stora Enso, Hanson Plywood and OSC Sales Ltd. Media supporters included: IStructE, Architecture Today, and TTJ.


Andrew Wharrier, Head of Marketing and Communications at Arnold Laver & Co, said: “Arnold Laver is a proud sponsor of Urban Buzz because we want future engineers, architects and landscape architects to know what is possible with timber. As a business we are very mindful of how education can play a part in promoting timber and creating a more sustainable, built environment. If we can encourage students in schools, colleges and universities to consider timber as an alternative material for construction, that engagement will follow through for the rest of their lives.”



Highly Commended: Team Twelve


Howard Schofield, Edinburgh Napier University
Michael (Ma) Luo, Northumbria University


Yongjiang Liu (Adam), University of Liverpool
Alice Prum, Cardiff University WSA


Landscape Architect:
Philip Scott, University of Sheffield



The Judges' Comments


Carol Costello, Practice Leader at Cullinan Studio, said: “Congratulations to TRADA for getting architecture and engineering students from all over the country to collaborate and create outstanding timber designs. Technology is blurring the lines between architecture and engineering. Young people entering this industry today need to be nimble, think on their feet and work together to understand the bigger picture. TRADA’s Urban Buzz competition prepares students for working life, by getting them to work in multidisciplinary teams to share knowledge, present ideas and come up with exciting new innovations.”


Matt Caldwell, Senior Structural Engineer at BuroHappold, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to bring together like-minded students from different universities and disciplines, prime them with some background information and then watch the creativity flow. The diversity of the entries and the enthusiasm that went into them was a credit to our next generation of designers.”


Susie Gregory, Structural Engineer at Arup, said: “Urban Buzz provides the perfect opportunity for students in architecture, engineering and landscape to come together for discussion and debate, and push boundaries in outstanding timber design. The students today have shown a real passion for timber, from the enthusiastic way they got stuck into the competition and their presentation skills, to the outstanding quality of their designs.”


Kieran Walker, Associate at Waugh Thisleton Architects, said: “Urban Buzz is a wonderful opportunity to engage with students and promote timber as an alternative to more conventional construction materials.  I have been very impressed by the high level of enthusiasm for timber among students and the quality of their entries.”


Stephanie Crew, Landscape Architect at HLM Architects, said: “I am enormously impressed by the talent, enthusiasm and unique ideas delivered by the entries today. Urban Buzz is a good opportunity for students to get a glimpse at what it is like to work in a professional, multi-disciplinary team.”


Kate Shearer, Landscape Architect at Ares, said: “TRADA’s Urban Buzz competition allows students to think outside the box and push boundaries with timber. The students today have demonstrated real teamwork and created some interesting and thought-provoking designs.”


For more information about next year's competition, please contact Tabitha Binding, TRADA's University Engagement Programme Manager: tbinding@trada.co.uk.



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