The Royal Institute of British Architects has awarded the 2018 RIBA President’s Medal for Research to Chris Hildrey of Hildrey Studio for ProxyAddress: Using Location Data to Reconnect Those Facing Homelessness with Support Services. Hildrey’s project addresses one of the main causes of homelessness in the UK: the end of an ‘assured short-hold tenancy’, where a landlord is legally entitled to issue a possession order. ProxyAddress tackles this issue through collaborative research and real-world application. ProxyAddress creates a database of long-term empty properties, which serve as ‘proxy’ addresses to be used throughout periods of instability. By giving homeless people a consistent address, they are able to retain access to vital support services, which may otherwise be lost. ProxyAddress was selected as the Medal winner from other recipients of the 2018 RIBA President’s Awards for Research. The RIBA President’s Awards for Research were given in four categories: Cities and Community; Design and Technical; History and Theory; and this year’s theme: Ethics and Sustainable Development.
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