CONTEST AFFORDS REAL-LIKE SKILLS
TERTIARY students across WA are tackling a Housing Department challenge to create an affordable housing design for a Fremantle site.
More than 200 students have registered to take part in [design]ability, a Department Innovation Program initiative which lets teams of four to six submit innovative, cost-effective concepts for the site.
Design, materials and construction methods are the focus of the competition, but participants must also consid- er requirements such as sustainability and financial viability.
Housing Minister Colin Holt said students had an opportunity to take part in a competition normally targeted at established firms and professionals.
“This is a great opportunity for students to gain real-world experience and team up with others from a range of disciplines,” he said.
There is a total of $17,500 in prize money up for grabs, with $10,000 going to the winner.
Winners will be announced at the National Housing Conference 2015, which the Department of Housing and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute will host in Perth later this year.
The Department has the first rights to build the winning design, should it meet its needs.
Registrations and concept submissions close August 14.
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