The Curry Stone Design Prize was created to champion designers as a force for social change. Founded by architect Clifford Curry and Archaeologist/acitivist Delight Stone, it " recognizes innovators who address critical issues
I am not a good judge of architectural competitions. In most cases, I find the winner to be a compromise, and the runners-up far more interesting and innovative. But not in this year's Solar Decathlon, where it all
When Go Play! announced a competition to design an innovative playground for 1,000 refugee children along the border of Thailand and Burma, Dutch designer AnneMarie van Splunter thought of old car tires. To
There are 88,000 power pylons in the UK, and the design of them has barely changed in 90 years. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change have been
When Jerry wrote about Vincent Callebaut's proposed vertical farm for New York City, he called it a Locavore Wet Dream; I called it one of the silliest, most overwrought jump-the-shark vertical farm ideas ever
Vertical farms may be pie in the sky, but they are a lot of fun for architects with time on their hands. AWR recently organized a competition to design a vertical farm with a residential use called LOFT 2011.
The INDEX Design prize splits $ 800,000 among five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play and Community. The Home category has been given to the ELEMENTAL Monterrey, a clever social housing project in Mexico. The units are what Avi
We were so intrigued by the Hövding airbag bike helmet that we covered it twice, here and here. While we might have been a bit dubious about a $500 one-shot helmet designed to prevent helmet head, the judges at INDEX, the world's
One of the winners of the top award at the International Design Festival Berlin was Endless by Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij. He melts down refrigerators for the plastic raw material, extrudes it into a string, and then has a robot
Every time the Solar Decathlon rolls around I admire the ingenuity and all the green gizmos, but wonder about the applicability to real life situations. Particularly as we learn how important location and density are to energy conservation and real
While investment in infrastructure in America disappears, in China they are reaching for the sky with Zeppelins and building hangars to house them. OPEN Architecture designed this one, which has " a prefabricated
My favourite entry in the Architect Barbie Dream House competition didn't win, but hey, it is a people's choice award, so it is hard to criticize the jurors. That didn't stop Globe and Mail architectural critic Lisa Rochon, who asks "Oh, Barbie. You
The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism's News21 program and Good Magazine have shortlisted the three finalists in a competition to design a better food label. They "asked for designs that were informative, instructive and
After World War II, Bucky Fuller's Dymaxion House was seen as an alternative product for the factories and workers who were no longer building airplanes; it used much of the same materials and technologies.
When I wrote about Architect Barbie I complained bitterly about her house, sort of cross between Karim Rashid and Charles Addams. The folks at the American Institute of Architects didn't think much of it either, and having a lot of time on their hands