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Arctic Council puts ESALA student on top of the world

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July 5 2013

Arctic Council puts ESALA student on top of the world
An Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture student has earned some northern exposure after winning a RIAS & A+DS student architecture award with a dramatic proposal for an Arctic Council in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavic.

Melissa Lawson joined a number of other category winners; including a salt-park in Saltcoats, hydrobath in Culzean Park, the regeneration of Olbia in Sardinia, urban housing in Glasgow and a reworking of the banks of the River Kelvin, with the Rowand Anderson silver medal for best 5th year student at the Scottish Student Awards.

This recognised the novel desogn work needed to represent the interests of eight states that lie on the edge of the Arctic Circle – Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the US and Russia.

Commenting on the winning design the judging panel said: “An elemental approach to a landscape of harsh geology, this scheme considers geopolitical sustainability and proposes a response in a beautifully drawn proposal which is abrupt, angular, cold, hard and thoroughly appropriate.”

The barren landscape of Iceland has provided fertile ground for students recently coming shortly after David O'Reilly's win of an International Archiprix award for a glacier Mausoleum on the island.

All winning work will be on public display at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, until 29 September.

 
Full list of winners:

Best 3rd Year Student:
Emmeline Quigley – Mackintosh School of Architecture

Salt-Park, Saltcoats and Hydropath, Culzean Park

 

Urban Design Award:
Ryan J Hodge and Douglas J Wright – ESALA

Blue Lunacy: Salt Lines and the Olbian Lamprey, Olbia, Sardinia

AND

Louise Gydell, Mari Nysveen Hullum, Angela McIntyre, Nicola McLachlan, Sucy

Murniayi, Liam Potts and Martin Sunjic Bertoni - Mackintosh School of Architecture

Lanes, Courts and Community, Urban Housing Project, Merchant City, Glasgow

 

Award for Sustainable Design:
Peter Harford-Cross – University of Strathclyde

Weather, Water and Place, Banks of the River Kelvin, Glasgow



Drawing Award:
Bruce Doran – Mackintosh School of Architecture

Salt-Park, Saltcoats and Hydropath, Culzean Castle

Judges described the work as 'beautifully drawn'
Judges described the work as 'beautifully drawn'
The scheme would help square the circle of competing national interests for the Arctic's abundant resources
The scheme would help square the circle of competing national interests for the Arctic's abundant resources

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