The Curry Stone Foundation will no longer select a single winner for the 2017 Curry Stone Design Prize. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the prize for "good practice" in architecture and design has changed its formula while maintaining its focus on projects that make a concrete improvement to the lives of disadvantaged people and communities.
The Curry Stone Design Prize is awarded to all players involved in the prize-winning project (architects and clients), and in the past ten years it has drawn international attention to projects such as Tamassociati’s hospitals built for Emergency in Sudan (2013 winner) and the Quinta Monroy housing units by Elemental (2010 winner), the studio of Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, 2016 Pritzker Prize winner and director of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at Biennale di Venezia.
In 2017 the contest did not choose a single winner but will add new projects to its Social Design Circle each month, accumulating 100 projectsover the course of the year. Social Design Circle participants will be chosen once a month on the basis of the issue or question their projects ideally address, presented in special pages on the contest web site and featured in the Foundation’s new "Social Design Insights" podcast.
The pictures appearing on this page illustrate the eight projects and studios nominated in the month of March, responding to the question “Can Design Challenge Inequality?”. The eight new members of the Social Design Circle are: Project H, Public Architecture, El Equipo Mazzanti, Al Borde, Active Social Architecture, D-Rev, Isla Urbana, Detroit Collaborative Design Center.
All Images courtesy of Curry Stone Design Prize
Al Borde Escuela Nueva Esperanza photo by Francisco Suárez & Esteban Cadena
El Equipo Mazzanti:
Social landscape vs Natural landscape, Marinilla´s Educational Park photo by Rodrigo Dávila
Spain Library Park, Medellín by Iwan Baan
Isla Urbana: photo by Isla Urbana
Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion / Lake | Flato Architects photo by © Dror Baldinger
ScrapHouse ©Cesar Rubio