The 2014 brief was to produce a design proposal for any city in the world which will improve the lives of the citizens, a continuation of Ramboll’s focus on Liveable Cities. This year’s Graduate Design Project followed in the recent tradition of raising the profile our new talent. The quality of ideas was extremely high, and guests from the Ramboll UK Executive were impressed at the final presentation.
The chosen cities were Christchurch, Shanghai, Beirut, Montevideo, Milan, Athens, and London - reflecting the global interests and multi-national backgrounds of our latest recruits. Ideas presented were imaginative and varied, with themes of provision of green urban spaces, pedestrian and transport routes and stimulating urban regeneration.
Design Associate Yanchee Lau reflects, “This year’s brief is the broadest we have set to date. It aims to place our work firmly in the context of making a difference to society. It was a delight to see our graduates embrace the challenge of thinking beyond their chosen expertise. The final presentations had moments that were absolutely compelling.”
The Graduate Design project is one of our annual highlights at Ramboll. In 2011, graduates were tasked with proposing a design for Ramboll’s London Festival of Architecture 2012 offering. This culminated in Oculus, a showcase temporary installation in collaboration with Roz Barr Architects, which transformed a car park into a public space.
The brief in 2012 was to respond to a choice of three open international design competitions. Two of the projects, “The Other Side” and “UP”, were formally entered into the Flat Lot design competition launched by the Flint Public Art Project and American Institute of Architects (AIA). “UP” was selected as a semi-finalist from over 220 entries from around the world.