2011 Open Architecture Challenge : You Decide.
For the past decade Architecture for Humanity has held an open international design competition focuses on different issues that face the built environment. For 2011, we are giving you the choice to decide the topic.
In the past year we've been talking a lot about two issues 1. The most sustainable structure is one that has already been built and 2. Social justice, peace making and the built environment. From conversations with communities, academics and government officials, three strong options for the challenge have emerged. So let's vote!
We are in the very early stages and have only just begun discussions with relevant parties. Before we commit one of our designers to spend the next six months researching and developing a criteria we want your choice.
In September we will announce the 2011 challenge theme. Once selected we will pick a series of real sites or you can choose a location near you (we are huge proponents of community led design). The exception is the third idea, designing the future of Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility, focused on the re-purposing the decommissioning site.
If you are interested in partnering or supporting the challenge financially please email our executive director directly on Cameron [at] Architecture for Humanity [dot] org
Previous challenge have included;
1999 - Post-war reconstruction [Transitional Housing]
2002 - Mobile Health Clinics for Sub-Saharan Africa [Health]
2004 - Sports As a Mechanism for Tackling Social Issues [Health]
2007 - Digital inclusion in the developing world [Technology]
2009 - The Classroom of the Future [Education]