Ulster University Belfast Campus and Green City Kigali have been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Festival.
At the Festival in Singapore this November, Sam Tyler and Simon Doody will present the projects to a live audience and a panel of judges, to complete for the category prizes.
Ulster University Belfast Campus has been shortlisted in the Higher Education & Research category. It moves the University’s 1970’s suburban campus from Jordanstown to Belfast’s city centre. The 12-year project accommodates 15,000 staff and students, four faculties and departments in 75,000 m2. Three new interconnected buildings, delivered across multiple phases, connect to the existing Belfast School of Art. This is large for any city, but in Belfast, it offers a whole new relationship between the city and education.
Green City Kigali has been shortlisted in the Future Masterplan category. It is a pioneering project that seeks to address issues of massive population growth, urban densification challenging economic conditions and the extreme and adverse effects of climate change. It creates new paradigms with innovative, sustainable, affordable, climate change resilient and place-specific urban models.
The first of its kind in Africa, the 600-hectare city extension to Kigali is expected to create homes for up to 160,000 people, in a development defined through a series of mixed-use communities embedded with employment opportunities, schools, community buildings, commercial buildings, sports and play space, peri-urban agricultural areas and important green-blue social networks.
Keith Bradley will be attending the Festival as a judge again this year, having already been involved in the shortlisting process.