6 Extraordinary Public-Interest Design Projects Honored with SEED Awards

The Maa-Bara Project, a 2013 Award Winner, empowers students in Kenya to use kitchen scraps and low-cost technology to grow their own food. Photo courtesy of Maa-Bara.

Out of 65 submissions from 21 countries, six public-interest design projects have just been announced as this year’s winners of the International SEED Awards. The SEED Network and Design Corps have singled out these projects as those which best incorporated social consciousness, community outreach, and sustainability into their designs.

The 6 projects represent the diffusiveness of public-interest design today, and how, by looking through the lens of design, many diverse (and yet often re-occurring) social problems can be addressed.

The Winning Projects, which you can see on display at the 13th annual Structures for Inclusion conference at the University of Minnesota College of Design March 22-23, 2013, are: SAGE: Affordable Green Modular Classrooms, Gervais, Oregon; Puyallup Tribal Longhouse, Tacoma, Washington (Puyallup Tribal Reservation); Rosa F. Keller Building, New Orleans, Louisiana; Firm Foundation, Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, Indonesia; Sudan Jalle School, Jalle Payam, Jonglei State, South Sudan; Maa-Bara: Catalyzing Economic Change & Food Security, Lenya (Bondo District), Nyanza, Kenya.

More info on these extraordinary public-interest designs, after the break…

AR House / Campuzano Architects

© Gabriel & Carlos Campuzano

Architects: - Gabriel Campuzano Otero, Carlos Campuzano Otero
Location: , Colombia
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Gabriel & Carlos Campuzano

Condeixa Public Library / S&F

© FG + SG

Architects: S&F
Location: ,
Project Team: Jose Oliveira, Vesna Karamehmedovic
Area: 863 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: FG + SG

Courtesy of SOA + holdUP
Courtesy of SOA + holdUP

Ferme Darwin Proposal / SOA + holdUP

Designed by SOA + holdUP…, the FERME DARWIN Proposal synthesizes a vertical farm and cultural facilities in an original manner. Stacking these disparate elements of art, music, and education up is like celebrating the insertion of agriculture in the

La Grange de Mon Père / MJ Architectes

© Michael Jan

Architects: MJ Architectes
Location: , France
Architects: Marielle Camoin, Jonathan Inzerillo
Restructuration: 35 sqm
Extension: 63 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Michael Jan

VV Capelle Soccer Clubhouse / MoederscheimMoonen Architects

© Luuk Kramer

Architects: MoederscheimMoonen Architects
Location: ,
Project Architect: Erik Moederscheim
Project Team: Erik Moederscheim, Ruud Moonen, Julia Gegg, Jim de Koning
Structural Engineering: CAE Nederland
General Contractor: Schipper Bouw BV
Client: Municipality of Capelle aan den IJssel
Area: 750 sqm
Photographs: Luuk Kramer

Courtesy of Prechteck
Courtesy of Prechteck

‘Blossom Gate’ / Prechteck

Defining a landmark to the entrance of the largest Chinese myrtle garden in Xiangyiang, Prechteck…’s ‘Blossom Gate’ aims to reinvent the gate as an architectural typology underlining the connecting characteristics of a former dividing element. Their design is not

Massy Logements / du Besset-Lyon Architectes

© Philippe Ruault

Architects: du Besset-Lyon Architectes
Location: Massy,
Design Team: Dominique Lyon, Pierre du Besset
Project Manager: Svetla Grigorova
Team: SCOPING (structure, fluids engineering, economics and HQE)
Area: 5,088 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

A-Ring / Atelier TEKUTO

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Atelier TEKUTO
Location: Ishikawa, Japan
Architecture Design: Yasuhiro Yamashita, Toshinao Iki
Structural Design: Jun Sato+Masayuki Takada/Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Kazuhiro Endo/EOS plus
Lighting Design: Sueko Kanaya/Visual Technology
Construction: Satoshi Isomi+Daisuke Yamamori/Mizuho Kogyou
Area: 136.62 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Courtesy of MOINOPOLIS
Courtesy of MOINOPOLIS

MOINOPOLIS Issue #2 Call for Proposals: Ephemerality and Architecture

MOINOPOLIS recently announced their call for papers for their issue #2, called ‘Ephemerality and Architecture’. Have market forces encouraged this shift towards ephemerality or is it a natural tendency of architecture? Does ephemerality in architecture depend on new technologies or…

Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners

Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: New Canaan, CT,
Design Team: Roger Ferris, Robert Marx, Myron Mirgorodsky, Tiziano Fabrizio
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti, The DiSalvo Ericson Group
Mechanical: Consulting Engineering Services
Area: 7,000 sq ft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

CUF Institute / Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa

© Luís Ferreira Alves

Architects: Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa
Location: Senhora da Hora, Porto,
Architects: Carlos Prata, Nuno Barbosa
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

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Casa SP11 / JAR jaspeado arquitectos

© Patrick López Jaimes

Architects: JAR jaspeado arquitectos
Location: , México
Arquitectos A Cargo: Rodrigo Jaspeado y José Luis Jaspeado
Equipo : Jessica Ramírez, Tomas Rodríguez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

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Yuwen Library / MAYU architects

© Guei-Shiang Ke

Architects: MAYU architects
Location: Tainan,
Architects In Charge: Malone Chang & Yu-lin Chen
Project Team: Kwantak AUYEUNG, Jin-de HSU (Project team), Dong-long WU (Construction supervision)
Structural Engineer: Tien-Hun Engineering Consultant Inc.
Area: 2,965 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Guei-Shiang Ke

The Simona / Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte

© Serge Demailly

Architects: Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte
Design Team: Agence Jean-Pierre Lott, Suzanne Belaieff
Contractor: SAM Esperanza
Area: 7,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Serge Demailly, Courtesy of

510 W 22nd St / COOKFOX

© 2012 dbox branding & creative

New York-based COOKFOX, formally known as Cook + Fox Architects, has designed a state of the art office tower planned to neighbor the High Line by 2014. Projected to achieve LEED Platinum status, the glass and steel mid-rise offers large, light-filled interior spaces engineered for comfort and high performance, along with spectacular views of the Hudson River and direct connections to the High Line.

Continue reading for the architects’ description.

De Verbeelding / René van Zuuk Architects

© Christian Richters

Architects: René van Zuuk Architects
Location: Zeewolde,
Architect In Charge: René van Zuuk
Structural Engineer: Van de Laar
Building Contractor: Kingma Bouw
Area: 375 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters, Courtesy of

The Threat of Coastal Flooding

Twitter User: @c_heller “Another photo out of Breezy Point. The damage is stupefying. (Frank Franklin II, AP) http://twitpic.com/b8sg51″

In light of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, as politicians quabble over the existence of , we cannot escape the reality that our cities are vulnerable to natural disasters.   Coastal cities face the threat of flooding as sea levels rise and storms, as we’ve seem over the past few years, have had more severe impacts on our cities.  The duty of architects, planners, and leaders is to build resilient cities with infrastructure that can stand up to the forces of natural disasters.

Join us after the break for a list of some of the largest port cities vulnerable to coastal flooding…