Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge

Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge

BLOG · BY TTF CEO DAVID HOPKINS · 24 June 2021

To meet our climate challenges and commitments we need to design and build to net zero, and whilst the curriculum has yet to catch up, #RSUDC21 and our University Engagement Program is leading the way in educating our future professionals on how building with timber is the best way to reduce our carbon emissions.

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We have been blown away by the quality of entries into the Riverside University Design Challenge (#RSUDC21), a key initiative of our University Engagement Programme (UEP) with TRADA.

Eight entries to the Riverside Sunderland University Design Challenge (#RSUDC21) have now been shortlisted for a live judging event on Wednesday 30 June 2021. Every team put in a fantastic effort, and I really recommend taking the time to view them all on the RUSDC21 YouTube channel or on the Confederation of Timber Industries website.

More than 200 students from 35+ Universities across the UK have been working as multidisciplinary teams in this competition to create future thinking designs that reimagine how residents might live, work, and play together in beautiful, low-carbon, multi-generational housing – made of timber and timber-hybrid systems.

The homes these students are designing connect with nature, the history of the area, and work in harmony with the ecology of the river. They seek to foster a sense of community and sustainable lifestyles through their design, build, and material selection, with all elements working together to achieve the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets.

Of course, all of these homes are also designed to be made with timber and timber hybrid systems, which was a key tenet to the competition. The feedback we have had from students has been incredible. Our UEP Manager Tabitha Binding has been amazed at the entrants thirst for knowledge, how their interest has developed and how they are astounded to learn of the possibilities and benefits that working with timber can bring.

This competition is a sign of our own future, and what we can achieve as we move forward together with TRADA to form Timber Development UK, with #RUSDC21 invigorating not only Universities and students to engage with timber, but also Sunderland City Council.

To meet our climate challenges and commitments we need to design and build to net zero, and whilst the curriculum has yet to catch up, our UEP program is leading the way in educating our future professionals on how the use of timber which adsorbs carbon during its growth and locks it up in use, is the best way to reduce our carbon emissions.

Please do tune in next week watch the shortlisted teams present their creations to our judges on the morning of Wednesday, 30 June 2021, followed by an Awards Ceremony in the evening where the winner of RSUDC21 will be announced. Register now via EventBrite on the links above.

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