Metro mayor Steve Rotheram challenges school children to design the homes of the future

SCHOOL children across the Liverpool City Region have been challenged to design the homes of tomorrow in a competition launched by the region’s metro mayor.

Steve Rotheram said he hoped the ideas generated through the House of the Future Competition will “point us all in the right direction for as greener future”.

This competition, which is free to enter, explores important current issues in our environment, cities and communities, and considers how design responds to our changing needs.

It invites pupils in years 5 and 6 to come up with ideas for our future homes with the chance to win prizes for themselves and their schools.

Children are encouraged to think about important issues in their environment, how they would like their spaces to feel, different types of materials, what activities they think are important and more.

They will then transform these ideas into a choice of visual work, 3D models, or both, to communicate their house designs and vision.

“Working to make our environment cleaner and greener for the future was one of my key manifesto pledges,” said Rotheram. “So what better way to find out what the homes of tomorrow should look like than to ask the future adults of our city region?

“We are already taking steps to reduce the impact on our environment. We have adopted a Zero Carbon target of 2040, 10 years ahead of the national target, and have launched the £10 million Green Investment Fund. But these young people are the ones who will end up having responsibility for what we leave behind, and their ideas can change things which will hopefully point us all in the right direction for a greener future.”

The competition will be judged by Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region mayor; architect Paul Monaghan, who is the Liverpool City Region design champion; Barbara Spicer CBE, the chief executive of Plus Dane Housing Group; Danielle Gillespie, general manager of Homes England; and Mairi Johnson, the director of estates at National Museums Liverpool.

“This ideas competition is a fantastic initiative,” said Monaghan. “With housing being such a huge issue at the moment I think it will be great to see how these young people design their own House of the Future. As Liverpool City Region design champion, I really want to encourage school children to get involved in design, engineering and construction and this a great way to get people started.”

Spicer said: “Our children respect our planet and its resources in a way that we never did at that age – and I’m sure this will be reflected in the built environment designs they bring forward. I’m really looking forward to see some crazy ideas and creations and am delighted to be involved.”



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