Winners of Habitat for Humanity’s Sustainable Home Design Competition

© 2012 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

This year’s winners for the Sustainable Home: Habitat for Humanity Student Design Competition have been announced.  The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture chose five winners, one from each region and an additional prize for the best use of vinyl building materials.  The competition asked young professionals to consider building strategies that would advance solutions to poverty with affordable housing that is simple, decent and healthy.

Follow us after the break to view the winning projects.

Habitat For Humanity Adopts Student House Design

Courtesy of Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon

Vert House, a low-cost sustainable house design, has been approved and adopted by Houston Habitat for Humanity. Designed by Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon, graduate architecture students at Rice University, the 1,300 square-foot, 3-bedroom house will be constructed by Rice students and alumni in Spring 2012 as the Rice Centennial House, a student initiative in honor of of the university’s centennial celebrations. The design will also be added to Habitat’s portfolio of home designs for additional builds in the future. More information on the project after the break.

Architects’ Emerging Position


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A few weeks ago, Richard Meier’s four-block-long mixed-use development was approved by Newark’s planning board.  The project is a drastic shift for Meier; a break from his New York Five era and the decades of working with exclusive clientele on neo-Corbusian residences and museums.   The development brings Meier back to his Newark roots and speaks to the recurring trend of architects designing for the people.

More about project after the break.