The National Design Awards, sponsored by the Smithsonian and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, are out and a big green winner is Amory Lovins, who got the Design Mind Award, which "recognizes a visionary who has affected a paradigm shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research and scholarship."
SHoP architects won as best design firm, who did this proposal for a tower in Busan, South Korea, which has vertical bamboo gardens to modulate airflow and windloading on the towers, and act as green lungs for the building to provide fresh air for the units.
Tsao & McKown won for interior design, and get our stair of the week award for their Jianfu Palace Museum.
More at National Design Awards and Architectural Record
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