|Hit the right note with student
|In the UK, the success of the competition to design a wooden bridge led the sponsor to launch a new contest for young designers. This time, the task for school students and young engineers was to come up with a design for a portable outdoor stage and performance area.The structure must be designed to be demountable and to be suitable as an outdoor concert venue. Whilst the volume of the building will be specified, it will be up to the designers to choose what shape they would like it to be.
As in the bridge competition, the task is to come up with a design that both looks good and works well as an engineering structure. It must have a cantilevered roof that is capable of supporting load and coping with wind, and the main structural elements must be built out of timber. Designers must also consider environmental issues, such as the use of timber from responsibly managed forests, and design the bandstand with optimal acoustics for outside concerts.
The managing director of wood. for good, says: “The entries in last years bridge design competition were refreshingly imaginative in the way they combined innovation, functionality and aesthetics. We are sure young engineers will be just as creative in their responses to this new challenge.”