|Architecture of necessity|
Winners and Honorary Mentions in the Triennal Architecture of Necessity announced
At Wood Summit Smaland the projects selected by the jury as winners and for
honorary mentions were presented. Architecture of necessity 2013
Statement of the jury
Due to the great variety of the contributions and in many cases their high quality the jury has decided to award four prizes, representing different conditions and categories. The winners of the 2013 Triennale for an Architecture of Necessity are:
Liyuan library by Li Xiaodong, Tsinghua university, China. For its beautiful use of a local material. together with modern recyclable ones, and for its meditative interpretation of the site. The small library in a village near Beijing uses the nearby water for simple cooling and the public is invited to contribute to the book collection.
Watermark/One Angel Lane by Fletcher Priest architects, Great Britain. For its sensitive development of a site on the river Thames in central London, increasing public space while building a new hq for Nomura. The building reuses parts of existing structures and is classified as carbon neutral. It also has a kitchen garden, including beehives, introducing urban agriculture in the centre of the city and making a distinct environmental statement.
Locally manufactured school in Pakistan by Roswag Architekten, Germany. For its ingenious use and development of local materials, cooling cob and fast- growing bamboo, as well as proactive training of local artisans and job creation. The resulting school for girls has a pleasant climate both summer and winter and a resilience strategy for facing earthquake risks.
Christchurch recovery plan by Gehl architects, Denmark/Christchurch City Council, New Zealand. For its plan for rebuilding the New Zealand town after the 2011 earthquake. It retains the existing city grid while limiting building heights, reducing car traffic and making the city greener, all based on a “social fabric fortified by catastrophe” and a diligent community engagement program thus rebuilding the urban fabric and the community.
Besides that the jury wishes to commend the following contributions for interesting
concepts in different fields of sustainable architecture and planning:
For their contributions on slum upgrading in the developing world:
Model of slum upgrading in Kibera, Kenya by Kounkuey Design Initiative, USA. For its network of micro-interventions enhancing public space through participatory design processes.
Solar kiosks in Ethiopia and Kenya by GRAFT Gesellschaft von Architekten, Germany. For its bottom-up infrastructure planning, giving access to telecommunication and electricity in off-grid areas.
For their examples of technological developments:
Artis hq in Berlin by Roswag Architekten, Germany. For its consequent use of passive strategies and best practices to create a small industry building far better than contemporary requirements
For their contributions on planning issues:
Växjö plan by Växjö municipality, Sweden. For its diligent use of public discussion of the sustainable development of a middle-sized town and for its creative implementation of new uses of a local material, wood.
The jury has given a certain priority to built projects, considering the well- known “implementation deficit” in sustainable building. The jury also would have liked to see more contributions on upgrading of housing estates from the 1960s and 1970s around the world, a highly pressing issue in the near future. Projects which propose sharing of resources in the form of co-housing would also have been welcome.