Archinect - News 2015-03-29T22:35:43-04:00 Patrik Shumacher - backhanded compliment to Shigeru Ban? Archinect 2014-03-25T12:24:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T21:59:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="660" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I worry if the criteria of the Pritzker Prize ... architecture's... most prestigious prize ... are now also being diverted in the direction of political correctness ....</p></em><br /><br /><p>Conrad Newel responds to Patrik Schumacher's "backhanded compliment" criticizing the Pritzker Prize awarding political correctness...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Patrik Schumacher</strong> :<br><br>"it is Ban's humanitarian work that the Pritzker jury emphasized in announcing the prize"<br><br>&nbsp;I congratulate Shigeru Ban ... love his work, especially the Metz project ... however, I worry if the criteria of the Pritzker Prize ... architecture's... most prestigious prize ... are now also being diverted in the direction of political correctness .... I would wish that architectural innovations that upgrade the discipline's capacity to cope with and facilitate the great urban develpment and restructuring tasks we are facing would dominate choice here ... I am afraid that if criteria shift towards political correctness great iconoclast-innovators like Wolf Prix or Peter Eisenman wont ever stand a chance to be recognized here ...<br><br>does this mean that those who aspire to win the Pritzker - or the nobel prize in physics - have to add humanitaria...</p> 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners Announced Justine Testado 2013-11-07T20:02:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:11:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Curry Stone Foundation has announced the winners of the 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize. Now in its sixth year, the annual prize celebrates humanitarian design and honors the influential work of socially engaged practitioners.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This year's Prize winners are:</p> <ul><li> Hunnarshala (Bhuj, India)</li> <li> Proximity Designs (Yangon, Myanmar)</li> <li> Studio TAMassociati/Emergency (Venice/Milan, Italy)</li> </ul><p> Principals from each group will attend a two-day awards ceremony at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco <strong>tonight</strong> at 7:30 p.m. PST.</p> <p> The ceremony continues tomorrow Nov. 8 at the Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco, where each winner will present their work at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Like You Give A Damn! LIVE conference</a> starting at 12:30 p.m. The two-day event will be live-streamed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Cardborigami: Designed to Help the Homeless Justine Testado 2013-07-31T19:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T10:22:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Tina Hovsepian of global architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Callison</a> was driven by the need to help homeless individuals in Los Angeles when she designed the first prototype for the "Cardborigami" shelter during her fourth year at USC's School of Architecture. Cardborigami, which has grown into a non-profit organization, provides temporary housing for the homeless as part of a process to help them gradually overcome their state of homelessness.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> The Cardborigami shelter balances innovative design and functionality. The application of traditional origami techniques onto cardboard gives the shelter a beautiful form. Before its modified origami form, the shelter was originally a re-design of an Air-stream trailer. "The idea is to deploy a trailer to a disaster site where mass shelter is needed, then the trailer expands to 20 times its length and twice its width to provide instant space," Hovsepian explained over email. "The form was then revised and re-scaled to fulfill its potential as a portable...</p> Norwegian architects reach out to the needy Archinect 2012-06-15T12:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T17:43:59-04:00 <img src="" width="454" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Energetic duo Andreas G. Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad, partners of TYIN tegnestue Architects from Norway live by Finnish architect and writer Juhani Pallasmaa&rsquo;s saying, &ldquo;Architecture is about the understanding of the world and turning it into a more meaningful and humane place.&ldquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Humanitarian Design Project Aims to Build a Sense of Community anthony dong 2011-10-23T18:45:50-04:00 >2011-10-23T19:20:21-04:00 <em><p>Countless academic studies have argued that studying design at school can be hugely beneficial, even for students who have no intention of becoming professional designers, because it builds their confidence by teaching them communication, planning and visualization skills, which will be useful in any field. Yet relatively few students in America&rsquo;s cash-strapped public school system are given the chance to study design, or art, especially in deprived areas like Bertie County</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Who Gives A Crap? Sanitation, Energy and Entrepreneurship in Kenya Paul Petrunia 2011-05-23T13:19:58-04:00 >2011-05-24T02:02:55-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sanergy, a year-old for-profit social enterprise that manufactures high-quality, yet low-cost and compact toilets for urban slums in the developing world and then uses human waste to produce energy and fertilizer. It is an &ldquo;affordable, accessible and hygienic sanitation&rdquo; solution for millions that live in places without sewage or electricity. They are places where the street is the bathroom. And that&rsquo;s precisely the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The tent that turns into concrete in less than 24 hours Paul Petrunia 2011-05-18T15:25:43-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The past 12 months have seen a remarkable number of humanitarian crises with earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and deadly tornadoes in the southern US being among the most recent. Among new innovations which could help relief efforts is a fabric shelter that, when sprayed with water, turns to concrete within 24 hours.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>