Arboreal wins RIBA Live Pitch event

At the RIBA Small Practice Conference, Arboreal Architecture were selected as the winner for their proposal for working with the Habitat for Humanity team in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Arboreal Architecture were invited to take part in the “Live Pitch” event at the RIBA Small Practice Conference on 6th November 2012. The brief for the event was to pitch their services and describe how they would approach working in the flood-threatened Mekong Delta in Vietnam. 

Arboreal highlighted the critical international issue that people with the least resources are the ones that end up living in the most inhospitable environments. They demonstrated that in such fragile situations architecture really matters. They described their immersive approach to using the tools of architecture in the developing world, highlighting the importance of “getting as close as you dare”.

Arboreal were voted as winners by both the audience and the panel of judges: Sunand Prasad (previous RIBA President), Professor David Sanderson (Centre for Development and Emergency Practice), Ian Pearce (Habitat for Humanity) and Tom Taylor (Dashdot, Buro 4).

David Sanderson said, 

    “You’re doing something so unusual, ticking the boxes of architecture and also development. So very unusual!”

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