Student Charrette 2012
For the second consecutive year the Institute joined forces with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for a day of friendly competition, as the AIA's yearly student Charrette was held at the Zaha Hadid designed Roca Gallery in London Saturday 27th October. BIID Past President Diana Yakeley expressed that the Charrette was a brilliant experience for everyone involved. "It was an honour to collaborate with the AIA again for the event and it is the second year that interior design students were encouraged to enter the competition. We had an extremely positive response from interior design students. Their presence certainly strengthened the ideas put forward, making the event even more successful than ever."
The challenge presented to the students was to transform the Chelsea Power Station to a new use. Schemes involved preserving the turbines, glass floors over the Thames creek, spiral escalators and memorial gardens, all with aspects of sustainability and adaptive re-use of historic structures. The CAD free day saw students create hand drawn presentations and hand made models. One of the Oxford Brookes University teams was announced as winners with Ravensbourne coming in second and a combined team from Chelsea/Liverpool finishing third.