A proposal to build ’room boxes’ on top of London’s terraced houses in response to the housing crisis and a design for a school damaged in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake win 2017 President’s Medals.
The RIBA Silver Medal (for the best design project produced at RIBA Part 2 or equivalent) was awarded to Daniel Hall (The Cooper Union, New York, USA), tutored by Lauren Kogod, for ‘Cycles of Toolmaking: An Optic, Tactile, Haptic, Material, Scalar and Pedagogic Study’. Sited in the ceramic town of Mashiko, Japan, the project proposes a place for learning which responds to the attitudes towards land use, extraction of clay, ceramic craft, agriculture, and water infrastructure, to replace a school damaged in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.
The RIBA Bronze Medal (for the best design project produced at RIBA Part 1 or equivalent) went to Kangli Zheng (University of Nottingham), tutored by Alison Davies, for ‘Castle in the Sky’. The project is a response to London’s housing crisis, proposing an alternative model: flexible room boxes plugged into the available space above London’s terraces. In these communities in the sky, the space is defined by its occupants, who can replace and customise architectural typologies such as residen...read more