New award for pop-up interventions will celebrate temporary projects and ’meanwhile’ activations that have made a positive contribution to place in the UK
The Developer has announced the launch of a new prize for meanwhile use temporary interventions on urban sites including artworks, pop-up bars and restaurants, landscape projects, leisure and play structures, guerrilla gardens, community projects, street furniture or other ’meanwhile’ activations that have made a positive contribution to place in the UK.
The Meanwhile Prize is open to architects, developers, local authorities, landscape designers, artists... indeed anyone who has been involved in the creation of a temporary and public community asset.
The project needs to have been in-use at some point during the past five years, although it may no longer be in use today.
The prize is looking to recognise meanwhile use projects that have made a positive contribution to urban life. The social impact of the project will be considered as well as its use of resources.
The judges are Liza Fior, Founding Partner of Muf Architecture, Angus Dodd, Chief Executive of Quintain; Pam Alexander OBE, Chair of Commonplace Digital Ltd and Non Executive Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation; Darren Comber, Chief Executive of Scott Brownrigg and Christine Murray, Editor-in-Chief of The Developer.
“The Meanwhile Prize acknowledges creativity and design in this rapidly expanding area”
Darren Comber, Chief Executive, Scott Brownrigg
The prize will be judged on design, activation and the meanwhile project’s impact on community and place. Entrants are encouraged to submit words, photographs, clippings, drawings, letters and other supporting documentation. The project’s success and legacy will also be considered.
Dodd said: “I’m delighted to be on the judging panel for The Developer’s Meanwhile Prize.
“Meanwhile-use projects are essential to the creation of engaging neighbourhoods and the involvement of local communities in the development process. They are a key part of Quintain’s development strategy at Wembley Park as we build a thriving 85 acre mixed-use neighbourhood.”
Comber said: ‘‘Meanwhile use provides the opportunity to creatively animate our urban environments in a way that can deliver significant benefits to local communities, encouraging innovation and supporting the whole notion of ‘street start ups’.
‘The Meanwhile Prize acknowledges creativity and design in this rapidly expanding area.”
The shortlisted projects for the Meanwhile Prize will feature in an exhibition and participate in a panel discussion on “meanwhile places” at the HOMES UK 2019 exhibition, one of the largest gatherings of the UK residential sector with 6,000 attendees, taking place on 27-28 November at London’s ExCel.
The winning project will feature in the Spring/Summer edition of The Developer, which is distributed at the Mipim property fair in Cannes, France.
On the launch of the Meanwhile Prize, Christine Murray, Editor-in-Chief of The Developer, said: “Temporary projects can support places in transition. They can foster community and facilitate co-creation, attract people to a new area, provide essential interim services or simply inject a bit of excitement and character into a vacant site or construction zone.
“Meanwhile-use projects are essential to the creation of engaging neighbourhoods and the involvement of local communities in the development process”
Angus Dodd, Chief Executive of Quintain
“With this prize, we hope to find innovative approaches to mitigating the disruption of construction and the stress of change while making a positive social impact through its contribution to urban life, generosity or joie-de-vivre.”
The final deadline for entries is 30 October. Entries cost £149.
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