Portsmouth Elephant Cage

Portsmouth Elephant Cage

Richard Harrison, architect at Snug Architects, will be joining the Portsmouth Elephant Cage design charter over the next three days. The event is hosted by Portsmouth University and organised by Project Compass CIC. Project Compass has been developed and funded by a dedicated group of architects over the last 30 months, who have now formed it as a CIC (Community Interest Company), with the aim of opening, promoting and making access to a high quality built environment easier, simpler, more economical and more importantly transparent. The Project Compass service, whilst developed by architects has a wider aim of promoting higher standards and qualities across all sectors of the built environment, from engineers to landscape, surveyors to managers and clients.

The Portsmouth Elephant Cage is a 3 day charrette with a shortlist of architects, engineers and landscape architects from the UK and NL as well as postgrad architecture students from UoP to look at coastal defences for Portsmouth and Southsea seafront.  We are delighted that Richard will be representing Snug as the only UK architect invited to attend.

An Elephant Cage competitive procedure derives its name from the idea that big young beasts from different countries are put together in competitive teams to elicit a creative ferment of new, fresh and informative design ideas over a short time. In this process they are supported by mentors having expertise and specialisms in the field.

Project Compass state that ‘Elephant Cage competitions have a successful established history as a competitive design ideas procedure developed in the Netherlands. This Anglo-Dutch competition will be the first held in this country and will brings together unique expertise to work in competition in collaborative teams of young Architects, Engineers and Landscape architects supported by eminent mentors from both countries.’

The competition will focus on design of coastal defences and resilient public realm and infrastructure which could create solutions for cities vulnerable to coastal flooding through multidisciplinary international collaboration.

There will be a presentation to PCC, local politicians, press and representatives from the Dutch Embassy will be held on Friday. We can’t wait to see what the team produces.