In honor of the Curry Stone Design Prize's tenth anniversary, the nonprofit is honoring 100 notable social designers with a spot in their Social Design Circle. Each month, the Prize focuses on a specific social issue, recognizing several firms whose work directly addresses that topic. January asked if designers should be outlaws and February challenged the existence of a right to housing. For the month of the March, the Curry Stone Prize asked the question: Can design challenge inequality? Eight groups are highlighted this month, including architecture firms, product designers, nonprofits, and more. These firms each address issues of inequality in unique ways, promoting community, leadership, and inclusiveness. Members of some of the teams will be featured on a weekly podcast, Social Design Insights, hosted by Eric Cesal, special projects director for the Curry Stone Design Prize, and Emiliano Gandolfi, director of the Curry Stone Design Prize. A new episode is released each Thursday, focusing on that month’s design challenge. “We seek to increase the impact of these creative and constructive individuals by supporting them during their efforts to develop visionary approaches to achieve change,” said the Curry Stone Foundation (which supports the Prize) on its website. Read on to learn more about the eight firms honored this month. Active Social Architecture Al Borde D-Rev Detroit Collaborative Design Center El Equipo Mazzanti Isla Urbana Project H Public Architecture To find out more about past honorees you can visit the Curry Stone Design Prize’s website here.
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Architect Jonathan Kirschenfeld, principal of the eponymous design firm and founder of the Institute for Public Architecture (IPA), is the most recent honoree of the 2017 Curry Stone Design Prize. The Curry Stone Foundation, based in Bend, Oregon, supports the work of designers that are developing “tangible, innovative projects to build healthy communities.” Since 2008, it has funded the work of distinguished names in humanitarian design such as MASS Design Group, Architecture for Humanity, and Elemental, the firm led by 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena. The Prize has taken on a new valence this year in celebration of its 10th anniversary, expanding its recognition from a handful of socially-engaged designers to a much larger group of 100 in what is being called the “Social Design Circle.” Throughout the year the foundation will announce additional members on the list and feature the honorees and their work on its website. In February alone, the other winners have included: IPA (founded in 2009), aims to promote new urban research practices and civic-minded architecture, including environmentally and socially sustainable urban housing, childcare, recreation, and performance facilities. In its citation, the Prize applauds Kirchenfeld’s ability to “[identify] under-utilized portions of civic land which have been passed over for private development, and [bring] world-class design to the city’s neediest residents.” Additionally, the Curry Stone Foundation is launching a new podcast series called “Social Design Insights” with twelve themes for each month of 2017. The series seeks to provide a forum to “hear from the Social Design Movement’s leading practitioners about their own methods, in their own words.” Kirchenfeld will participate in two podcasts titled “Is the Right to Housing Real” airing on February 2th and February 9th with co-hosts Eric Cesal and Emiliano Gandolfi. You can find podcasts with all the February honorees here.
Hong Kong–based nonprofit research and design firm Rural Urban Framework (RUF) won the Curry Stone Design Prize for its work rebuilding villages across China. Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, both professors at the University of Hong Kong, founded RUF in 2006. Their goal is to harness design to “stabilize, reinvigorate, and rebuild” China’s rural populations. Currently, China is experiencing a mass exodus of population from villages as people move to cities in search of better opportunities. In 1980, approximately 80 percent of all Chinese lived in villages. Today, more than half of the population lives in cities. According to research by Tianjin University, China loses approximately 300 villages every single day. Working closely with the locals, RUF has completed a variety of projects to meet each community’s specific needs, including bridges, schools, hospitals, houses, and even a garbage collection center. To date, RUF has worked in 18 villages to combat the effects urban sprawl and is designing and planning entire villages and prototype housing. “The work of RUF is addressing one of the most urgent current geopolitical issues, how to deal with the imbalances created by large mass migrations,” said Emiliano Gandolfi, the Prize Director. “Their work is exemplifying how architecture should establish a dialogue with the community and the environment in order to built structures that respond to their changing needs.” The Curry Stone Design Prize, founded in 2008 to celebrate socially-engaged designers and inspire others to use design, selects winners by consulting social impact experts and humanitarian advocates. RUF will receive a cash prize to aid its mission and projects in China. RUF will participate in a panel at the Chicago Architectural Biennial, led by Prize Director Emiliano Gandolfi on Friday October 2, from 2:30-4pm CST, taking place at the Claudia Cassidy Theater inside the Cultural Center. A short film produced by the Curry Stone Foundation about RUF’s work will also be shown during the panel.
Studios Kabako, a Congolese theater and performance group, has won the Curry Stone Foundation's 7th annual Design Prize, which honors designers who use their craft for social good. The arts group was founded in 2001 by choreographer and director Faustin Linyekula, and uses theater, dance, and music to help communities imagine a life beyond hardship and violence. “Studios Kabako realized that in order to rebuild we must be able to envisage an alternative to the culture of destruction,” Emiliano Gandolfi, the prize director, said in a statement. “Faustin Linyekula’s work is manifesting how art should be the first design component in building a better society. With their performances they are exposing internationally the devastating effects of local conflicts, while in Kisangani they are assembling daily the building blocks for envisaging a sustainable future.” While Studios Kabako is based in Kisangani, where it offers youth programs in dance, video, cinema, music, and theater, the company also tours around the world. More than one third of the revenue collected from those performances is invested in the group's work in and around Kisangani. According to the Curry Stone Foundation, the organization is also currently working with Viennese architect Bärbel Müller to create two new buildings within its home city. The Curry Stone Foundation will provide Studios Kabako with a $100,000 “no-strings-attached” grant and produce a short documentary (above) about the organization's work. Studios Kabako is setting out on a tour of the United States and will be performing at the BRIC theater in Brooklyn on October 24th.
The annual Curry Stone Prize, which honors design for social change, has shaken up its awards program this year. Previously laurels went to a Grand Prize winner, leaving several teams as runners-up. But in recognition of Curry Stone's fifth cycle, this year five winners will equally share the prize, including a cash award of $25,000 each. Announced this week, the 2012 winners are: Center for Urban Pedagogy, aka CUP (Brooklyn, New York); Liter Of Light (Manila, Philippines); MASS Design (Boston, MA); Riwaq (Ramallah, Palestine); and Jeanne van Heeswijk (Rotterdam, Netherlands). Once again the Curry Stone Foundation has teamed up with Harvard's Graduate School of Design to create a larger educational event around the awards ceremony, which takes place at the GSD on November 15. The day following the winning teams will deliver presentations on their work and participate in panel discussions that are free and open to the public. Some winners will be familiar to those in the architecture and design world—MASS Design, for example, has received previous accolades and coverage for projects like the redesign of a hospital in the Burera District of Rwanda and has gone on to establish collaborations with NGOs—while other organizations have been initiating change at a local grassroots level: Brooklyn-based CUP facilitates communication on community issues by collaborating with artists and designers; Liter of Light offers inexpensive alternatives to electricity in informal settlements in the Philippines; Riwaq documents and preserves Palestinian culture through restoration projects; Jeanne Van Heeswijk gained attention for recasting derelict areas in Dutch cities into dynamic public spaces. Joseph Grima, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Teddy Cruz, and Clifford Curry, who founded the prize with Delight Stone in 2008, served as the 2012 jury. Read more about the five winners: CUP Liter of Light MASS Design Riwaq Jeanne van Heeswijk