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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” 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 »

“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 »

Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2005

Alternative Economy City in the Ex-Slaughterhouse
Alternative Economy City in the Ex-Slaughterhouse
Rome, Italy

The innovative proposal for the reuse of an abandoned slaughterhouse in Italy is merited for the effort to bring new life to a historical setting. Noteworthy is the idea of site recycling, a measure that promises to generate new activities and connections within the city. Considerable effort has been made to respond to communal needs while remaining sensitive to the existing context. 

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Luciano Cupelloni - Luciano Cupelloni Architettura, Rome, Italy Read more »

“Next Generation” 1st prize, Africa Middle East, 2008

Amphibious dwellings in informal settlements
Amphibious dwellings in informal settlements
Lagos, Nigeria

This project is a striking concept to move squatters into floating homes on unused coastal areas closer to their source of income. A prototype structure has been completed and now functions as an amphibious medical clinic. Houses out of “found” materials, at low or no-cost, are constructed on buoyant platforms equipped with rainwater collectors, purification units and dry composting toilets.

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Akinlabi A. Afolayan - Niles Bolton Associates, Atlanta, USA Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, North America, 2005

Applied Research and Development Facility
Applied Research and Development Facility
Flagstaff, AZ, USA

The entry is a showcase for Northern Arizona University (NAU) research and creates an environment fostering interdisciplinary collaboration between a unique collection of ecological departments and labs. The building integrates innovative sustainable strategies including: low embodied energy materials, efficient mechanical systems, and water saving strategies.

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William Taylor - Hopkins Architects, London Read more »

Bronze, Europe, 2008

Autonomous alpine shelter, Monte Rosa hut
Autonomous alpine shelter, Monte Rosa hut
Zermatt, Switzerland

Beside the Monte Rosa glacier in the Swiss Alps, the New Monte Rosa Hut was built by a partnership led by ETH Zurich and completed in September 2009. Switzerland’s most complex wooden structure is covered in a shimmering aluminum shell and features an integrated photovoltaic system. In splendid isolation at 2,883 meters above sea level, the building operates under extreme climatic conditions, is fully self-sufficient, and demonstrates that sustainable construction is possible anywhere.

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Andrea Deplazes - Studio Monte Rosa, DARCH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Zurich, Switzerland Read more »
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