The Curry Stone Prize for humanitarian design was handed out in Louisville recently. The winners (US$ 100'000 plus recognition at the Venice Architecture Biennale) were Luyanda Mphahlwa and Mphethi Morojele, two architects from South Africa for their
design of energy-efficient homes made using timber and sandbags for
infill for a Cape Town family.
The other finalists were Shawn Frayne, inventor of the Windbelt, the world's first non-turbine wind-powered generator; Wes Janz, architect and associate professor at Ball State University, Indiana, whose work is inspired by the ingenuity of slum dwellers who build shelters from scavenged materials; Marjetica Potrc, an artist and architect whose "dry toilet" design, which converts human waste to fertilizer, is now used in barrios in Caracas, Venezuela; and Antonio Scarponi, an architect whose project, "Dreaming Wall," casts text messages on a wall in Milan, using technology and design to "jam" conventional social orders and illuminate the socio-political lines that unite and divide us.
Wayne Hall has a great write-up of the award ceremony, full of details.