Trimo Urban Crash 2009

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      Paul Clerkin


      Trimo, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of construction solutions has announced the second running of its Urban Crash competition – an international competition dedicated to European students of architecture and designed to challenge young architects and encourage creative expression through the transformation of the urban environment using the most advanced construction materials and technologies.

      The Trimo Urban Crash 2009 competition will run from 1st November 2008 through 31st January 2009 across 11 countries, and is open to all students of architecture. Competition is opened for students from Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland and Hungary. Participating students will design an architectural installation for a real project, for a given location in the centre of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.

      The installation solution must fulfil several conditions: it must be both, unique and must serve a public purpose. Students are invited to create an urban meeting place, an alternative cultural stage or a wireless information point. Participating students are invited to submit their projects through the competition web site, which serves as the focal communication point of the competition. An international jury consisting of an academic faculty and practitioners will choose an overall winner from the shortlisted projects in late February 2009. The winning project will be built and taken into permanent use on location in June 2009. Also the winner will be awarded with paid summer school attendance at an acclaimed school of architecture.

      The first Trimo Urban Crash competition was held in 2007 when the overall winner – Jelena Grujic from Belgrade – was awarded with realization of her proposed solution and with attendance in summer school at the AA in London.

      International competitions like Trimo Urban Crash offer students and schools an excellent channel for effective networking, the opportunity to share and compare various architectural approaches, and provides valuable hands-on, real-case learning experience. Trimo also aims to extend its engagement and cooperation with academic circles, to provide valuable content for schools of architecture, and in the process stimulate a constructive exchange between theory, practice and industry. As a company which prides itself on a strong tradition of in-house R&D and professional commitment, Trimo Urban Crash is just one of several innovative Trimo projects which also includes the biannual Trimo Architecture Days event.

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