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Competition inspires Caroline Dove ‘s Radical Housing book

Caroline Dove, the author of Radical Housing, is an architect and Partner of HTA Design LLP, with over 30 years’ experience of collaborating with communities to design sustainable places to live.

Now in its seventh year, the RIBAJ/Norbord Europe (now part of West Fraser) competition is designed to encourage architects to push the creative boundaries when considering the use of SterlingOSB Zero the only OSB panel on the market that is net carbon negative.

The competition, where the winners enjoy cash prizes, industry acknowledgement, and much coverage in RIBA’s media channels, has seen some incredibly innovative creations in its time; each year poses a different challenge which is designed to reflect real-life topics in the architectural world.

2017’s competition sparked the publication of a beautiful book, Radical Housing by Caroline Dove.

Caroline explains, “It was a panel discussion at the 2017 awards, which asked for designs for affordable multi-generational homes, that led to the idea of writing this book, so thanks are due to both West Fraser (Norbord) and RIBA for the original inspiration. The challenge was to design a 30m² multi-generational home, an affordable, practical and scalable solution to the need for homes for young and old who could benefit from living both independently and with their families. This led us to thinking about the opportunities for sharing more, using resources wisely and supporting communities to develop in the way they would like to live. Designing places for all generations to live sustainably, encouraging social interaction and the development of strong communities is a collective endeavour and has inspired a wide range of successful places which are explored in this book.”

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