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…
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
Architects: MoederscheimMoonen Architects
Location: Kapelle, The Netherlands
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
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
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
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima
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…
Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: New Canaan, CT, United States
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
Photographs: Paùl Rivera © Archphoto
Architects: MAYU architects
Location: Tainan, Taiwan
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
Photographs: Guei-Shiang Ke
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.
In light of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, as politicians quabble over the existence of climate change, 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…