Two students from Manchester School of Architecture yesterday won Cisco’s Urban 2020 competition to design a sustainable community of the future.
Peter Sproule and James Hotson’s Connect 4 Sustainability entry was designed to provide easy access to amenities whilst reducing travel times. Announced yesterday as the winner of the competition at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the pair won a cash prize of £2,000.
The competition was open to students at all UK universities and judges expressed their disappointment at the low level of entries from engineering students.
“I was surprised we didn’t get more engineering involvement,” said Buro Happold infrastructure group director Andy Murdoch, one of the judges.
“The majority of entries were architectural. It would have been good to have some entries that had more of a technical understanding of what’s required to build sustainable communities.”
Chair of the judges, Cisco head of public sector Neil Crockett added that he was disappointed that there were no multi-diciplinary entries.
”We didn’t really have a multi-disciplinary approach and the lack of that was a surprise and hopefully something we can improve on in future competitions.”