CON­TEST AF­FORDS REAL-LIKE SKILLS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

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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