Rural Urban Framework Wins 2015 Curry Stone Design Prize

09:47 - 1 October, 2015
The courtyard community space in the interior of Andong Village’s charitable hospital.. Image © Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
The courtyard community space in the interior of Andong Village’s charitable hospital.. Image © Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Rural Urban Framework (RUF) has been named winner of the 2015 Curry Stone Design Prize at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Addressing China's unprecedented rural-to-urban migration, RUF has (so far) helped 18 depopulating villages throughout the country prepare for their inevitable transformation by building schools, community centers, hospitals, houses and infrastructure in a collaborative process that empowers locals. 

“The work of RUF is addressing one of the most urgent current geopolitical issues, how to deal with the imbalances created by large mass migrations,” said Emiliano Gandolfi, the Prize Director. “Their work is exemplifying how architecture should establish a dialogue with the community and the environment in order to built structures that respond to their changing needs.”

Studios Kabako Wins 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize

00:00 - 20 October, 2014
Public performance in Kisangani. Image © Studios Kabako
Public performance in Kisangani. Image © Studios Kabako

Studios Kabako, a Congolese performance and theater studio founded by Faustin Linyekula in 2001, has won the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize, a $100,000 annual award that honors practitioners who use design to address critical social needs and strengthen communities. Studios Kabako was selected for establishing a series of cultural programs and urban interventions within the city of Kisangani as a way to help communities deal with the aftermath of civil war through dance and the arts. A video about Studios Kabako, after the break.

2013 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners Announced

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
The Port Sudan clinic is one of few outposts the region capable of  providing basic health care to children. © Massimo Grimaldi and  Emergency
The Port Sudan clinic is one of few outposts the region capable of providing basic health care to children. © Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency

The Curry Stone Foundation has named three winners of the 2013 Curry Stone Design Prize: Hunnarshala (Bhuj, India), Proximity Designs (Yangon, Myanmar), and Studio TAMassociati / Emergency (Venice/Milan, Italy). The annual prize, now in its sixth year, awards talented designers who “harness their ingenuity and craft for social good.” More on each winner, after the break. 

Curry Stone Prize Winners' Inspiring Videos

00:00 - 4 December, 2012

Each of this year's winners of the Curry Stone Design Prize are incredible examples of the powerful, and truly varied reach, of Public-Interest Design - which is why we're sharing these short films, by Room 5 Films, on each of the winning projects. From the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda designed by MASS Design Group to the "Liter by Light" project (that recycles plastic bottles to bring a safe source of light to the slums of the Phillippines), each of these films are inspiring snapshots into the work and worlds of each of these winners. 

More videos on Curry Stone Prize Winners, after the break...

2012 Curry Stone Design Prize Winners Announced!

00:00 - 23 October, 2012
Butaro Hospital, Rwanda / MASS Design Group
Butaro Hospital, Rwanda / MASS Design Group

The Winners for this year's coveted Curry Stone Design Prize, which awards talented designers who "harness their ingenuity and craft for social good," have just been announced! 

A big congratulations go out to The Center for Urban PedagogyJeanne van HeeswijkLiter of LightMASS Design, and the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation! More info on these incredible organizations, after the break...