Bachelors Students Shortlisted in "Home-For-All" Competition

Liam Patterson and Will Muhleisen, both 3rd-year BLAD students, have been shortlisted as one of the top 5 entries in the first stage of the Home For All international student design competition.

The Home for All project was developed after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011 as a means for Japanese architects to create small gathering spaces for comfort and exchange in devastated communities. Since then the project has played a similar role after the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake while evolving as a contemplation of the role of architects and architecture within society. It looks towards a mode of design where observations and propositions are not detached from civic participation, but emerge within it. The competition, whose Jury is chaired by Toyo Ito, considers this proposition alongside the role of timber structures in contemporary Japan.

Liam and Will's entry was prepared as part of their upper-pool design studio — Pride and Prejudice — lead by Heike Rahmann. The studio considers design as a critical spatial practice that seeks to draw attention to wider social and political issues. In doing so it questions the relationship between designers and society in public projects and argues for 'an independent actor with a conscience' to navigate a multitude of conflicts and interests.

The two are now invited to present their work to an open-jury on the 8 December 2018 in Tokyo.

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