The 2012 results for the DAF (Designing Adaptable Futures) International Student Design Competition are in! A joint first prize, a third prize and five honorable mentions were awarded among 150 submission from 26 countries. The competition asked students to present an architectural proposal that had a transformable quality that could make the physical or experiential space change over any given span of time. The prompt embraces what Adaptable Futures is about. The organization looks at the value of longevity in architecture through the adaptability of the built environment. It challenges notions of monumental architecture and architecture as a symbol of its time. It asks, instead to design with the context – the present – and its “temporal reality” – the changing and evolving future – in mind. After the break, take a look at the projects that were selected for best embodying the ability for architecture to adapt.
Joint First Prize: New Addington’s Village Green Using Walter Segal’s concept of self-build, Village Green in New Addington is a proposal for a space “for the people, by the people” in which the collaborative processes within a community drive the construction of “transient social structure for high quality public space which evolve with community needs”. Name(s): Jeffrey Adjei University: University for the Creative Arts Canterbury Country: England
Third Prize: Adaptable Street Adaptable Street uses the existing infrastructure that every city has – streets. The project proposes exploiting this space with myriad programmed uses by building them up to create “thick streets” with various layers and a mix of uses built in to different sections. The extensive networks of our cities gives this project potential to transform linearly, seasonally and over time. Name: Maxime Rousseau and Paul Jaquet University: Université de Montréal/ Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes Country: Canada/ France
Honorable Mention: Inside and Out of the Box Inside and Out of the Box provides a DIY manual to transforming one’s home into an adaptable and sustainable element of the city. Small, incremental changes that account for the innovative uses of conventional elements and the reuse of waste give users a way to customize and give longevity to their homes in a personal way. The steps are interchangeable allowing the user to mix and match as needed to transform one’s home over time. The tall, ‘tight’ units are designed for single person urban living conditions. ‘waste’ becomes ubiquitous getting reused by the owner or filtering into a larger trade network. Name(s): Megan Jenkin University: University of Cincinnati Country: USA
Honorable Mention: Factory to Community Centre Factory to Community Centre takes on the adaptable uses of the ubiquitous abandoned factories of previous decades. The project explores what these spaces mean to different communities and neighborhoods and how this meaning changes over the course of a day, week and year. Name(s): Yuxin Cao University: Dalian University of Technology Country: China