|The Seventeenth Annual Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence 2015|
WHICH ARCHITECTS, INDIVIDUALS, OR INSTITUTIONS HAVE MADE AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE LIVING, WORKING, EDUCATION, AND RECREATION PLACES FOR THE POOR AND UNDERSERVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Following are some guidelines to keep in mind as you write your proposal:
With your description, provide two photos of the most representative of their projects or proposed projects - the one you visited or discussed and another. If you are selected as a semifinalist, you will be asked in your long essay to respond to a further question regarding the selections you have made in your Proposal.
As a start to your research and writing, please read and explore the following four required resources:
By Anthony W. Schuman*
Notwithstanding this sobering experience, or perhaps because of it, many of us sought to use our professional training as architects to confront poverty. (Continue Reading.)
For a noted example of one way in which architects are confronting poverty around the world, see an introduction and concept document for the Happy Childhood Village inTanzania, a project by Debbas Architecture** (Berkeley, California, USA). (Continue Reading.)
Explore this recent exhibition from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA. (Continue Reading.)
*Anthony W. (Tony) Schuman is Associate Professor of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in Newark, NJ, where he is active in preservation and neighborhood development efforts. He is a past President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the New York City chapter of ADPSR, and was a founding member of several advocacy and activist organizations in architecture. Schuman’s writing on architecture’s social vocation appears in fifteen books and a number of academic and professional journals.
**Debbas Architecture (Berkeley CA), established by Charles Debbas in 1989, an award winning Architectural firm with projects spanning many countries and cultures. Rooted in minimalism his work takes inspiration in Japanese architecture, the words and works of Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier, Luis Baragan and Industrial Designer Luigi Colani. He is a strong advocate of social and environmental responsibility Architecture needs to bear, something too often ignored in its all consuming search and embrace of fame and trends. He sees Architecture as a sculpture for the sculpture of the soul, chiseled in our humanity, emotions, elusiveness, sensuality and permanent discovery. In addition to his devotion to his Architectural practice, Charles teaches Architecture at Stanford University. He is also engaged in product design and is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
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