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Designing for Adaptable Futures (DAF) 2012 Student Competition

Adaptable Futures – a research group at Loughborough University – is currently hosting a design competition for students worldwide. The competition serves as a platform for interested students to visualise some of the research’s core elements within their design proposals and to recognise the top submissions for their creative application and appropriation of those concepts.

Designing For Adaptable Futures (DAF) 2012 will be awarding cash prizes and result in a publication of the best entries in an upcoming book.

Research Adaptability from a Physical and Social Perspective of Our Built Environment

This competition asks you to illustrate how the life of your building will unfold through time – over an hour, day, year, decade, or perhaps a century. Your submission should demonstrate the integration of time in your design proposal by highlighting how it will accommodate the different types of change described in the competition brief.

Adaptable Futures seek innovative design proposals that challenge existing orthodoxies about adaptability in the built environment.

Entries can be at a building or neighbourhood scale, but should explain how your design (whether spatially, structurally or in terms of building services) responds to the brief.

The awards comprise of cash prizes (1st prize UK £1,500, 2nd Prize £1000, 3rd prize £500); publication of the top entries in the upcoming Adaptable Futures book and an opportunity to present at our autumn conference in London. Outstanding submissions will also be published on the Adaptable Futures website.