Architecture for Humanity is looking for nominations that highlight breakthrough design solutions with the power and potential to improve our lives and the world. These designs may improve the human spirit, increase awareness of the environment, or respond to areas of need in the world, whether to provide shelter and clean water or address climate change and humanitarian crises. We'd love to hear from you — for questions or suggestions, email dlygad at architectureforhumanity dot org
Nomination deadline: October 1, 2010
Video by: Chris Gray Austin
Design means: – encompassing architecture, urban planning, product, landscape, graphic, interior, and industrial design – although we invite new definitions that defy this traditional definition.
Here are the criteria:
• AN EMERGING, BREAKTHROUGH DESIGN
• IMPROVES LIVES AND THE WORLD – SOCIAL INNOVATION
• SINGLE PROJECT, PRODUCT OR BUILDING
• EXISTING PROTOTYPE MODEL OR COMPLETED PROJECT SINCE 2006
Some Questions to Resolve
Anyone can enter a project. In researching prospective projects please provide enough information to answer fully the following questions:
1. Are we considering a group of projects or a single project?
2. What is the humanitarian mission/aspect of the project that should be highlighted/considered?
3. Is the project in use by people and benefiting their lives? Or is it still in the development/prototype phase? If so how many people has it impacted? If not, why do you think it has merit?
4. Is this an emerging project or has it emerged? In researching please provide information on whether the project has received ample funding, has been widely publicized and where, whether it has received awards or honors, whether it has been successfully commercialized, whether it has been recognized and/or replicated by peers.
5. Is this a project that will result in a specific building or product or is it a process/strategy that will result in a specific outcome towards a social goal? Provide detailed information on the final product/building or outcome resulting from the design.
6. What is the structure of the project? Is it a commercial project making social impact or a socially motivated project that may or may not have a commercial element
7. How is the project sustainable, scalable or replicable?