Tristan da Cunha

Designing a More Sustainable Future for Tristan da Cunha's Community

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Administration, Architecture
Country Tristan da Cunha, UK
Registration Deadline 2 June 2015 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 2 June 2015 (Must be Received)
Eligibility The competition is open to design teams from around the globe who must be led by a fully qualified architect. Architects practising in the UK should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), with overseas-based applicants registered to practice with an equivalent regulatory authority.

Description
Tristan da Cunha is the remotest inhabited island in the world. Situated within the South Atlantic Ocean, the island lays approximately 1,750 miles (7 to 10 days sailing) south-west of Cape Town and is only accessible by sea, on approximately 60 days per year.

Tristan da Cunha is internally self-governing and part of the UK Overseas Territory of St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Tristan da Cunha actually consists of four islands - Tristan (the main island), Nightingale and Inaccessible, which together form a group, and Gough Island that lies to 220 miles to the south-east. Inaccessible and Gough are both UNESCO World Heritage sites with Gough being home to a small meteorological station where up to 9 scientists live for a year at a time.

Tristan is the only island with a permanent community, known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and referred to locally as 'The Settlement', with a population of around 270 people. Tristan is of volcanic origin and the lava flow responsible for the island's temporary abandonment between 1961 and 1963 dominates the settlement's immediate landscape.

To coincide with the island's 200th Anniversary in 2016, the Tristanians are keen to see how the built environment and energy efficiency of all homes and government buildings can be improved. Design teams (to be led by a practising registered architect) from around the globe are invited to participate in this unique design competition that is seeking ideas to help the community become self-sustainable and ensure that Edinburgh of the Seven Seas is viable for future generations.

The competition is seeking innovative, cost-effective approaches for the re-design and consolidation of the Island's government buildings; initiatives to significantly improve the living standards and performance of residential properties; together with improvements to the Island's agrarian systems to better support grazing and the year-round growth of fresh produce.

Jury
Chris Carnegy, UK representative for Tristan da Cunha
Alex Mitham, The Administrator, Tristan da Cunha
John Whiles, Director, Jestico + Whiles (acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser
and others

Prize
Short-listed team: GBP £3,000
Winning team: GBP £2,000

Applicants should note that the competition is initially a call for design ideas only. Progression of the winning proposals will be subject to the Government of Tristan da Cunha securing future funding for the project.

Entry Fee
None

Timetable
Announcement of result: September 2016

Organizer
Government of Tristan da Cunha

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