Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge Showcase – University of Nottingham

Three students from the University of Nottingham form the first showcase of entries for the Young Persons’ Design Challenge.

The shortlist for the Home of 2030 Young Persons’ Challenge has now been announced (read more here). We are showcasing the wonderfully creative work of the students and teams who have made the shortlist.

The first of these comes from three students from the University of Nottingham, who are shortlisted as individual entries in the 18-25 years age group. These students approached the Challenge inspired by a collaboration with the local authority, Nottingham City Homes and its residents. The work was also inspired by the Addison Act, the act of Parliament which allowed for the building of new homes after the first World War, which celebrated its 100 year anniversary last year.

Henri Kopra – Social Housing for Single Parents and their Children

About Henri’s idea: “The stigma, that the notorious Right to Buy policy has created around social housing, needs to be addressed when designing the built environment. In my view, the Home of 2030 is one that is truly affordable for everyone, designed to grow and decrease according to its inhabitants’ needs and with minimal environmental impact, that is with zero lifetime emissions and designed for disassembly and reuse. According to the Nottingham Post, more than 700 out of nearly 2400 homelessness cases in 2019 were single women with children. As such, The Meadows garage site infill scheme focuses on this demographic, providing a new beginning to single parents and their children, as well as enhancing the community with new semi-public leisure areas to tie the project into the mixed tenure estate. The design is solved in depth on the Oxbow Close garage site but is implementable on all other garage sites in The Meadows estate in Nottingham.”

Ella Rogers – Older Women’s Co-Housing

About Ella’s idea: “When approaching this design, I was keen to focus on tackling social isolation within older generations. My initial research highlighted the statistics that in the UK, 3.64 million people over the age of 65 live alone and that nearly 70% of these are women. This led me to explore this client group and the suitability of the atypical model of co-housing, particularly the opportunities this provides for fostering relationships and encouraging social interactions. I was mindful of the need to create positive and dynamic communal areas both indoors and outdoors whilst allowing the women to maintain their independence with their own bedsit units. Additionally, I found interest in studying circulation within the scheme; by exposing the stairways and entrances, the scheme embodied a sense of social security through the philosophy of ‘eyes on me’. The potential to physically look out for each other reflects a true feeling of neighbourliness and collective care. With an extended reach into the public realm, I am proud of the potential this scheme holds and believe it demonstrates the power of architecture and its responsibility for creating relationships with the communities we live in.”

Rachael Milliner – Urban Co-Existing

About Rachael’s idea: “I have a personal interest in sustainable urban living and passionately believe that social and environmental sustainability are intrinsically linked. This is a project that, over the centenary of the Addison Act, creatively explored how to reintroduce sustainability to housing design with social and environmental justice as the design driver. For me what makes this project special is that it is fun and optimistic whilst being grounded in a credible reality.”

Many congratulations to the students reaching the shortlist and all those who entered the Challenge. We will be showcasing more shortlisted entries in coming weeks.