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1U1V wins World Building of the Year at WAF 2017

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17.11.2017

An anti-seismic rammed-earth house designed and built by the One University One Village (1U1V) team at CUHK has received the top award of World Building of the Year 2017 at the World Architecture Festival (WAF). The prototype house constructed for an aged couple in Yunnan Province demonstrates how traditional building methods can be improved to provide villagers with safe, affordable, comfortable, and sustainable homes, setting an example for future village development.

Led by our Prof. Edward Ng, Dr. Wan Li and PhD student Chi Xinan, and in collaboration with Dr. Emily So (University of Cambridge) and Prof. Bai Wenfeng (Kunming University of Science and Technology), the architectural project in Guangming Village was built in response to the Ludian earthquake in 2014, which left 617 people dead and thousands homeless. Employing local materials and an innovative rammed-earth construction technique supported by scientific research, the 148mtwo-storey house costs 40% less than the brick-concrete buildings in the village and has a low carbon footprint. It is also safe and sturdy, as it stood undamaged when two subsequent earthquakes hit.

The 2017 World Architecture Festival was hosted in Berlin, Germany. It received 924 entries from 68 countries around the world. CUHK’s anti-seismic prototype won in the New & Old – Completed Buildings category to become one of the 18 finalists for the World Building of the Year title. The project also received the Architectural Review (AR) House Award 2017 earlier this year.

One University One Village (1U1V)

The 1U1V Sustainable Development Assistance Programme was launched by Prof. Edward Ng and Dr. Wan Li in 2014. It aims to gather professional knowledge and manpower from a higher institution to help improve the environment and livelihood of a village strategically, systemically and sustainably. The Programme covers a wide range of services, including housing construction, bridge building and public health promotion. Each 1U1V project is supervised by a doctoral student at the School of Architecture, putting academic research into practice.

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