Architecture Sans Frontières has announced the winners of their inaugural ASF International Awards, which aim to recognize “efficient solutions developed by architects globally to the many social, environmental and economic challenges facing the built environment.”
From 68 submissions, three winners were selected: PICO Estudio & Movimiento Por la Paz y la Vida’s Espacios de Paz (Spaces for Peace) project in Venezuela; ASF France’s La Passerelle in Saint-Denis, France; and Building Trust International for their work in Asia and Africa.
Learn more about the winning projects after the break.
Award for the Social Production of Habitat
Espacios de Paz (Spaces for Peace) / PICO Estudio & Movimiento Por la Paz y la Vida
Espacios de Paz is an exercise in participative design in Venezuela, during which architecture groups from across Latin America work with communities in neighborhoods dominated by violence, high dropout rates and crime to convert deteriorated and abandoned spaces into public places of peace. The initiative has been carried out the past two years, and this year ArchDaily en Español Editors, Nicolás Valencia M. and José Tomás Franco were invited to document and view the final projects. Learn more here.
La Passarelle / Niclas Dunnebacke with Annelise Archen (from ASF France)
Carried out by Niclas Dunnebacke and Annelise Archen of ASF France, La Passarelle consisted of upgrading temporary housing for Romanian immigrants in Saint-Denis, France. “Collaborating with some of the Romanian immigrants, as well as other workers with socially integrative contracts, a complete envelope was built with mainly recycled materials like old windows or outdated advertising canvas from the Centre Pompidou. An alternative heating system and a common garden are the following steps of the project,” according to the architects.
Award for the Challenging Practice
Building Trust International
Founded in 2010, Building Trust International aims “to address the need for all built environment professionals to come together to address the changing needs of global development.” Building Trust partners with community groups, local governments and NGOs to “provide innovative solutions to school building, low cost housing, medical facilities and conservation projects.” In 2012, they held a competition to find flood resistant house designs for Cambodia. Learn more about the organization and some of their projects here.
Learn more about each of the projects and the awards on the ASF site.