The Undergraduate Prize is awarded to an undergraduate, or team of undergraduates, studying civil or structural engineering. The 2020 brief was to design a sustainable habitat for coastal communities from Least Developed Countries who face the prospect of rising sea levels due to climate change.
Design considerations included housing, work areas, places of assembly, drainage and sanitation. These challenges reflect the issues faced by governments and NGOs across the world.
The 2020 prize has been awarded to a team from the University of Bath.
Tobias Ng, Maria Valderrabano and Samuel Wright designed an innovative hexagonal lattice and joint system for a community in rural Bangladesh.
In this presentation, introduced by YSEIDC judge Claire Lewis, the team introduce their award-winning proposal.
Their bamboo structure offers a flexible, sustainable solution to the design brief.
The University of Bath have also produced a case study about the winning project
The Young Structural Engineers International Design Competition (YSEIDC) challenges young engineers from around the world to test their ingenuity, imagination and inventiveness. They are encouraged to apply their design skills to solve a engineering problem.
The competition is held every three years.