The IHDC emphasises the importance of biodiversity in the built environment. The competition invited holistic designs that integrate biodiversity, emphasising the value of good quality design that puts nature at its heart.
"The design of the built environment has all too often ignored the essential life-giving support of soil, plants and animals," says Dusty Gedge, the UK's leading living roofs campaigner and policy writer and one of the competition's instigators. "Ecology and biodiversity are often relegated to a subordinate role in the design process."
To overcome this perceived discrepancy, Dusty, Gary Grant, the independent ecologist and masterplanner, and RESET teamed up to organise the IHDC. The competition encourages an intra-disciplinary approach to design that expresses the potential for nature to produce healthy, low energy, high quality environments that are adapted for a changing climate.
The IHDC Finalists in alphabetical order are:
City Park Hove
Maria Hawton-Mead, and Jon Turner and Fergus Carr of Turner Associates
Edge Hill Halls
Maria-Cristina Banceanu, Liverpool University architecture student
Phil Hampshire, Katherine Sydney, Aylin Ludwig, Laura Crawford, Celia Way, Victoria Wilson, Tamasine Scott, Buro Happold & Grant Associates
Paul Jones and David Dobereiner
National Wildflower Centre
Grant Luscombe, Ernst ter Horst, Julie Godefroy, Thomas Lefevre: Landlife with Ian Simpson Architects and Hoare Lea Engineers
Overflow Car Park
Claire Mookerjee and Mat Triebner
Hiroyuki Ichihara and Atsumi Sako
The Seed Catalogue
Susannah Hagan, Silvio Caputo, Mark Gaterell: Team RED