UN Integrated Communities Competition

Johnny Killock of the MArch (RIBA Part 2) became the first University of Westminster student to receive a prize at the United Nations, after coming 3rd in the individual category in the 2012 Student Design Competition “Integrated Communities: A Society for All Ages.”

His project, The School of Lost Skills, transforms space around a brewery and bakery in East London.  He explores how co-housing can be integrated into the wider community to create exciting, alternative ways of living at different stages of life.

Courtesy Johnny Killock

The award was announced at the UN’s World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, Italy on September 4th, and presented on World Habitat Day, 1 October 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York.

The design competition was established in 1994 to enhance understanding of the Age of Longevity and showcase innovative design solutions, preparing the next generation of designers to enhance the quality of life for the growing greying society. The 2012 competition was organized by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC)in conjunction with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) and other partners.

ICCC’s mission is to help communities worldwide address the social, economic and cultural impact of Agequake in the design and planning for a better quality of life for all ages.

This award is in addition to numerous others won by Killock in 2011/2012, including the RIBA Boyd Auger Scholarship, the Future Communities Award at the Future Vision Awards, the Architecture Revolution 1-4 Competition, the International Ontological Design in Future Housing Space Competition and the Designing for Adaptable Futures Competition.