Sarah Nicholson (27) is one of only three UK architecture students to reach the semi-finals of the 2002 Berkeley Prize, an undergraduate essay competition established to promote architecture as a social art through writing and criticism.
Sarah’s proposal was based on her third-year dissertation which explored how skateboarders and homeless people use the street.
“Consider a homeless person’s perspective of the public street,” she argues. “The homeless want a warm and safe shelter but are compelled to conduct their private lives in the public realm and, arguably, they have never been accommodated by the ‘traditional values of the street’.
“Meanwhile the younger generation want somewhere safe to skateboard and play ball games.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the development of this essay, and shall continue to reflect on my shadows in the streets.”
The Berkeley Prize Competition has a prize purse of $3,000 US (minimum first prize $2,000 US) and is open to undergraduate architecture students in accredited schools of architecture across the world.
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