2013 Foster + Partners Prize Awarded to John Naylor

‘Bamboo Lakou’ / John Naylor

The Architectural Association and have announced John Naylor of Diploma Unit 16 as the 2013 Foster + Partners Prize recipient for his project ‘Bamboo Lakou’. Presented annually, the award is presented to an AA Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of and infrastructure.

Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, said: “John Naylor’s project demonstrates the ways in which infrastructural ideas – and architectural imagination – might today expand beyond the clichés of Modernism to become life itself, literally breathing life into communities, cities and entire countries – today and long into the future.”

More on the project after the break…

Set in the context of Haiti – a country suffering massive deforestation – the project combines the creation of a sustainable bamboo-growing infrastructure with the development of the vernacular ‘Lakou’ communal courtyard typology. The aims of the project are to establish bamboo within the Haitian construction sector, as an earthquake-resistant alternative to concrete, and to set in motion a long-term reforestation strategy.

“An exploration of the physical properties of bamboo presented the opportunity to create a new constructional vernacular in Haiti, with bamboo-framed buildings capable of resisting hurricanes and earthquakes,” stated Naylor. “This re-materialization of the country’s construction industry also aims to engender the widespread growth of bamboo – a material with a range of ecological benefits.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "2013 Foster + Partners Prize Awarded to John Naylor" 25 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=394090>
  • bas

    Wooohoo John!

  • Colin

    I’m sorry, but how is some student’s thesis project relevant to the broader architectural community? Granted, it’s interesting, but that’s about it. Is Archdaily going to start posting every school of architecture’s jury projects now?

    • KK

      FYI Students are a huge part of the architectural community, and very important part at that. My issue is that archdaily only shows a single image, which actually doesn’t convince me very much. I have grown too accustom to this developing world social green wash which more often than not has little bearing to the real issues at hand.

      • Colin

        I tend to agree with you on the social greenwashing aspect, but beg to differ in regards to my original point. I agree that seeing student work can be refreshing and mentally challenging within the medium of a competition, public installation or built volunteer work, but thesis projects are too particular to the schoolwork of a specific individual to feature on a professional blog. It comes across as prematurely self-promotional, not to mention self-indulgent. But congrats to the kid for his award.