UK Award

UK Award

Congratulations to 2019 UK Award recipients: Sun Yen Yee (University of Westminster) and Annabelle Tan (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL).

Below you can find infromation about their projects:


SEED of Havana: Dissolving Condensers (Part 2 Project 2019)

Sun Yen Yee - University of Westminster UK

Tutor(s): Nasser Golzari and Dr Yara Sharif

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” Marcel Proust  Building on the spirit of collectivity and equal right to the city that Cuba has developed over the past 60 years of post-revolution era, the thesis takes a theoretical approach to invigorate the revolution aspirations by liberating Soviet Constructivists’ social condenser concept.  Challenging the architect's pride in creating exquisite, the project proposes an alternative architectural approach where the proposed scheme appears, dissolves and reappears across the city.  The SEEDs (Socio-Economic Empowerment Device) act as the dissolving condensers which are distributed and injected across the urban voids to construct situations for collective empowerment. The thesis mediates between the socialist structure and the rapid arrival of global capitalists in Cuba, forming a gentle subversion against the conventional façade-centric heritage conservation approach.  The proposed condensers - SEEDs growing from the voids forge new collective hope in rebuilding the city and reassembling architecture from crumbling façade leftovers, an evident Cuban resiliency of ‘creating something out of nothing’.  The project becomes a process in perpetuity and eventually the city itself evolves into an ultimate version of new condenser of our time.

-Sun Yen Yee

Wetland Frontier (Part 1 Project 2019)

Annabelle Tan - Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London UK

Tutor(s): Johan Hybschmann and Matthew Springett

Following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has undergone a patchy recovery, rife with contestation and doubts. Even with new flood defence systems, experts question the long-term resilience of New Orleans which has historically been at odds with nature. Tackling the issue of urban resilience, the scheme is a speculative masterplan that challenges the current approaches towards disaster-prevention and landscape engineering in New Orleans.  Straddling a 6-foot levee, the proposal aims to facilitate the regeneration of the Lower Ninth Ward community and the adjacent Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle – both currently ghosts of their former selves after historical neglect and segregation. A multi-stakeholder premise creates a narrative of co-operative value-creation through the restoration of a lost wetland. By tapping on the wetland’s potential economic, recreational, educational and ecological benefits, the scheme both attracts, mobilises and retains a demographic that matures with restoration efforts.  While newcomers initially attracted to this pioneer community become rooted to the local community, cypress saplings begin to flourish in the newly laid sediments. After a decade, the scheme stretches outwards, blurring the threshold that once delineated human and nature. Family homes spill into the local housing stock and sediment satellites venture forward for the complete restoration of Bayou Bienvenue.

- Annabelle Tan