Active Social Architecture (ASA), the architectural practice founded by Nerea Amorós Elorduy and Tomà Berlanda in Kingali, Ruanda, is one of the architectural practices awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2017 and therefore involved in the Social Design Circle. The studio presented its work in a podcast on architecture promoted by the Curry Stone Foundation, which organises the contest, answering the question: “Can design challenge disequality?”.
The same question was put to the other winners in the month of March, including Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti’s studio El Equipo de Mazzanti, and Ecuadorian studio Al Borde, presented in Floornature. Based on the concept of architecture as an engine driving social change, ASA studio’s projects make the most of context, proposing a contemporary version of the vernacular architecture of Ruanda, as in the Early Childhood Development & Family Centres built for UNICEF, shortlisted for Next Landmark 2014, the international architecture prize awarded by Floornature.
The studio of architects Nerea Amorós Elorduy and Tomà Berlanda was also featured in the exhibition “Together. Visions from Contemporary African Architecture”, held at SpazioFMGperl'architettura, Iris ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti’s gallery and showroom in Milan, during Milano Design Week 2014.
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