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Encouragement prize, Asia Pacific, 2005

2 + 2 + 1 House
2 + 2 + 1 House
Chengdu, China

The project engages directly with the theme of aging populations. Special attention is given to accommodating the needs of elderly inhabitants with high quality dwellings. The work is merited for its sensitivity to social dynamics and transformations in lifestyles brought about by increasing urbanization and densification. Also commended is the effort to maintain links between generations, an effort that manifests an ambitious ethical vision.

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Shen Yongde - Southwest Jiaotong University, Shengdu, China; Wang Yanyu - Southwest Jiaotong University, Shengdu, China Read more »

“Next Generation” 2nd prize, Asia Pacific, 2014

Adaptable Portable
Adaptable Portable
Dhaka, Bangladesh

This project to house the urban poor proposes a modular system of dwelling units for marginalized neighborhoods in the rapidly-growing city of Dhaka. The dwellings can easily adapt to the changing needs of their inhabitants and either grow or reduce. Moreover, the units can be dismantled when slum dwellers are evicted and reassembled in a new location. Made of bamboo and recycled materials, the dwelling’s modular components and panels are sufficiently light to be easily transported.

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Nusrat Jahan Mim - Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, Africa Middle East, 2014

Adaptive Re-Use
Adaptive Re-Use
Beit Iksa, Palestine

Part of a larger scheme to revive the historic center of Beit Iksa, a small Palestinian village of 1,600 people near Jerusalem, the project offers a response to the village’s isolation and limited resources. In a first step, two abandoned buildings will be adapted for reuse as working spaces with an eco-kitchen for the local women’s association, followed by the rehabilitation of surrounding spaces. The new facilities will include interactive educational playgrounds for children, winter and summer seating areas, and a protected bird habitat. It is an effort to bring life back to this abandoned site by combining design, planning, restoration, landscaping, and infrastructure, thus improving local living conditions and biodiversity, while adding to the aesthetic quality of Beit Iksa.

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Shatha Safi - Riwaq – center for architectural conservation, Ramallah, Palestine; Yara Sharif - NG Architects and Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), London, United Kingdom Read more »

“Next Generation” 1st prize, Africa Middle East, 2011

Adaptive re-use of industrial site for urban agriculture
Adaptive re-use of industrial site for urban agriculture
Pretoria, South Africa

The Vertical Agriculture at the Old Pretoria West Power Station project transforms a soon to be decommissioned coal bunker of a power station into a vertical hydroponic garden, thereby inverting the attributes of a former polluting facility into a purifying element that continues to be a mechanism for supply of the city’s needs. Grey- and rain-water is used to grow food in close proximity to the urban consumer.

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Calayde Aenis Davey - University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, Asia Pacific, 2008

Advocacy of traditional earthquake-resistant construction
Advocacy of traditional earthquake-resistant construction
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

After the devastating earthquake of 2005, which destroyed close to half a million rural houses, training centers for the reconstruction of earthquake resistant private dwellings were created. This project entry couples advanced engineering knowledge with the reliability of traditional materials and skills. Pilot projects strengthen self-reliance in the local population to undertake re-building.

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Tom Schacher - Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation SDC, Agarone, Switzerland Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, Africa Middle East, 2011

Affordable building materials from recycled agricultural waste
Affordable building materials from recycled agricultural waste
Zaria, Nigeria

This materials development project succeeded in processing agricultural waste into low-cost construction panels bonded with tannin-based adhesive. Plant-based agricultural wastes from the cultivation of rice, maize and cassava crops provide natural fibers that are a sustainable resource for the production of building materials to achieve a reduction in construction costs, reducing dependence on imported, higher-cost alternatives.

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Charles Oluwole Job - Bern University of Applied Sciences, Architecture, Wood & Civil Engineering, Burgdorf, Switzerland Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2014

Aggregate Structure
Aggregate Structure
Stuttgart, Germany

Aggregates are ubiquitous in the concrete production industry, yet are rarely deployed in an unbound form. This materials research project examines aggregate architectures made from designed injection-molded granulates which self-solidify. This pilot project for a ground-breaking construction method uses the potential of loose, designed granulates that can interlock and consequently require no additional binding agent; fully recyclable and adaptable to almost any site constraints. 

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Karola Dierichs - University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart, Germany; Achim Menges - University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart, Germany Read more »

“Next Generation” 3rd prize, Latin America, 2008

Agriculture facility for inner-city voids
Agriculture facility for inner-city voids
Campinas, Brazil

The concept behind this entry turns abandoned urban areas over to agricultural use. Production can even be taken into the interior of buildings using different techniques (e.g. hydroponics). The city-based program offers research opportunities into new plantation methods, leisure areas and street markets – a novel approach to lifecycle thinking.

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Thiago Cintra Pilegi - São Paulo, Brazil Read more »

Bronze, Asia Pacific, 2005

Air Suit - Housing Renovation
Air Suit - Housing Renovation
Hiroshima, Japan

Urban housing renovation through the creation of an “air suit”, which acts as a new facade skin improving economic and ecological performance. This project is prototype in a 40 year old building with many typical feature of reinforced concrete housing of its generation – with a solution that could readily be transferred. 

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Kazuhide Doi - Kazuhide Doi Architects, Hiroshima, Japan Read more »

“Next Generation” 6th prize, Europe, 2014

Air-Shade
Air-Shade
Vienna, Austria

Cooling as a process is one of the biggest energy consumers in the building sector globally. Air-shade addresses this problem by proposing a shading system that is sensitive to solar exposure and powered by air – with no need of any external energy source. It can vary in scale, size, material, and form: the proposed device is therefore applicable to a broad variety of buildings, constructions, façades, roofs, windows, etc.

 

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Nikola Znaor - Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Vienna, Austria Read more »
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