Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Innovative students prove their design ability

    12/10/2015 6:05 AM
    • Winners announced for competition on designing affordable housing solutions
    • The competition was open to WA tertiary institutions
    • Attracted students from a range of disciplines

    A team of six tertiary students from The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University has taken out first place at the State Government's inaugural [design]ability Affordable Housing Design Competition.


    The competition sought innovative affordable housing concept proposals from students for a study site in Fremantle.  The winners were announced this week at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. 


    Housing Minister Colin Holt said the competition supported the Government's strong focus on innovation.


    "The competition provided tertiary students with the opportunity to practise their talents and work as a team on a real-world project with a focus on innovative housing design and affordability," Mr Holt said.


    "There was so much diversity in their chosen materials - from shipping containers and modular construction, to concrete tilt-up panels - and the reuse of materials from the buildings currently on site."


    The Minister said it was fantastic to see the teams thinking about social, economic and environmental sustainability, with many taking a holistic approach to their affordable housing proposal.


    "Students did well to focus on innovative designs that would maximise sustainability, reduce building and living costs, and provide a healthy and attractive place to live," he said.


    Second place was awarded to a team of students from UWA and Notre Dame University and commendations were awarded to an extra two teams with students from the UWA and Curtin University.


    The winning teams comprised students from disciplines ranging from Master of Architecture to Urban and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Medicine.


    Fact File

    • The winners will be acknowledged at the 2015 National Housing Conference hosted by the Housing Authority and Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in Perth on Oct 28-30
    • For more information, visit http://www.nhc.edu.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 6100