Congrats to the winners of the first annual SEED Competition!

February 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

Announced just two weeks ago by the SEED Network (Social Economic Environmental Design), the following six projects have been selected as winners of the first annual SEED Competition:

1. Cafe 524 by Carnegie Mellon University Urban Design Build Studio

image rendered by the 2010 Urban Design Build Studio

2. Congo Street Initiative by bcWORKSHOP

photo from the Congo Street Green Initiative blog

3. Studio H by Project H Design

photo from inside the Studio H facility

4. Growing Home by SHED Studio and Designs for Dignity

sketch by SHED Studio

5. Inspiration Kitchens by Wheeler Kearns Architects, Wolff Landscape Architecture, dbHMS, Terra Engineering, and Thornton Tomasetti

section and plan by Wheeler Kearns Architects

6. St. Joseph ReBuild Center by Dan Pitera of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Wayne Troyer of Wayne Troyer Architects, Damien Serauskas (P.E.), and Bruce Creighton (E.E.)

photo from the Detroit Collaborative Design Center website

These projects were selected with the following exemplary characteristics in mind:

  • Advocate with those who have a limited voice in public life.
  • Build structures for inclusion that engage stakeholders and allow communities to make decisions.
  • Promote social equality through discourse that reflects a range of values and social identities.
  • Generate ideas that grow from place and build local capacity.
  • Design to help conserve resources and minimize waste.

All six winners have the opportunity to present at the Structures For Inclusion 10+1 Conference on March 25-27 in Chicago. So, you know where I’ll be that weekend!

February 10’s daily design idea is the greatest designs involve advocacy, community development, social awareness, local engagement, and the conservation of resources.

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