PORTSMOUTH PHOENIX: Housing Futures

Open Competitive Call

For young architects + planners

PROGRAMME DATES
14:30, 4th March – 19:00, 6th March, 2020

Two Portsmouth council city centre residential towers have had their cladding stripped and been evacuated, post-Grenfell. Following survey investigations the towers are now scheduled for demolition, leaving the city’s housing stock reduced, although social housing demand continues to rise.

This new housing paradigm establishes the context for The Portsmouth Phoenix Competitive Call which is open to all architects and planners aged 40 years or less.

Site aerial from the east

Successful applicants will be mentored by the UK’s leading architects specialising in housing and sustainability, and will explore in collaborative teams over 2½ days design scenarios for future housing on the site. The Portsmouth Phoenix programme will conclude with a design presentation at an open public consultation with local residents and stakeholders.

This unique design master-class will provide a matchless opportunity to explore exemplary sustainable future urban housing, engaging the public while contributing knowledge forward to the sites development.

Site plan of study area

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICANTS
Mon. 10th February 2020, 12:00hrs

NB. Roughly 20 will be selected for the limited places, with about five allocated for planners. For those young professionals who will participate subsistence will be provided but not accommodation. This call is only suitable for those able to travel daily to Portsmouth or who will seek their own accommodation there for two nights (min.)

For full application details, the proposed programme and further information, download the pdf below

DOWNLOAD THE DETAILED APPLICATION INFORMATION

Portsmouth Phoenix

Portsmouth Elephant Cage reports: Southsea common

Following conclusion of the 2 stage of ‘The Portsmouth Elephant Cage’, , a new Project Compass report, summarised the findings, and synthesising an alternative strategic design for Portsmouth’s Southsea common and its frontage has been published.

Written up by Director Walter Menteth, this is published by Project Compass, is being distributed under ‘The Island City papers’ imprint, and is available here.

The international programme took research evidence from wide sources and case studies. The report examines and evaluates the sea defence proposals for Portsmouth’s Southsea common and found that a better solution having wider benefits was entirely possible and feasible and such an alternative is described and illustrated.  The report also recommends actions forward to address the apparent shortfalls with the existing proposals.

The programme organised by Project Compass and our Dutch partners Architectuur Lokaal ran between Nov’16 and March ‘17.

Building better flood resilience for Southsea’s frontage and common.

The Portsmouth Elephant Cage

Designs will be presented to the public & stakeholders from this unique Anglo-Dutch architectural, landscape & engineering competition on Friday 25 Nov. from 5.00 – 7.30 at The Portsmouth School of Architecture, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth.

These designs provide a range of best practice Dutch and UK options and proposals for the Portsmouth and Southsea frontage that respond to climate change induced rises in sea level.  The work is also intended to inform and advance sea defence design strategies faced by other low lying coastal cities. Details of the competition brief can be found here.

You are welcome to attend.

This competition is being organised by Project Compass with our Dutch partners Architectuur Lokaal & the Portsmouth University School of Architecture. If you wish to organise an Elephant Cage contact Project Compass.