Students design homes for the future

Students from Sheffield have been shortlisted for the finals of a national design competition for young people.

The Home of 2030 Young Peoples' Design Challenge asked entrants to imagine what future technologies and lifestyles might be like and what they might mean for the design of future homes.

A spokesman said: “The shortlisted entries show great imagination and amazing design talent. The finalists include modular homes which draw inspiration from hexagonal shapes derived from nature – biomimicry, housing designs that are adaptable for all stages of family life, and eco-friendly homes that use recycled resources and other salvaged materials.”

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Students from both Sheffield Hallam University and King Ecgbert’s School are among those to reach the final.

In the 18 to 25-year-old group are Ellen Edwards, Gina Rapoport, Ingrid Rehnstrom, Shouq Almuhammadi, Joe Ngoma– a team from Sheffield Hallam University

In the 11 to 14 age group are Tilly Hilton, Ayesha Khan, Grace Kirk and Elijah Toombs of King Ecgbert School.

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP, said: “This competition has showcased some brilliant designs from a talented group of young people – who knows, perhaps we have the next Norman Foster on our hands. The designs put forward all have innovation and ingenuity at their heart and seek to tackle the defining issues of our generation – a growing ageing population and the scourge of climate change. These young people have achieved a great deal and I wish them all the best of luck.”

George Clarke, TV presenter and founder of educational charity MOBIE who are running the Challenge for Home of 2020, said: “The judging for this challenge has been an unbelievably hard task. The initial shortlisting was tough enough, never mind this last round, picking the young designers to be our finalists. I honestly don’t know how we are going to decide on the winners from each age group, let alone an overall winner. Fellow judges get ready for some long hours of agonising, heart searching debate and choices as we are presented with their finished design proposals. Young people never fail to amaze me with their imagination, talent and passion when it comes to home.”

The winners will be announced in November.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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