Architizer is launching a new Awards series this fall–The Architizer A+ Awards–with a final deadline of December 21, 2012. They seek to “break architecture out of the echo chamber to celebrate the world’s best structures, spaces and the minds behind them.”
From the coverage on GOOD:
“Architecture is a medium that affects everyone. More and more innovative projects are being created that aren’t getting the recognition they deserve. That’s why we at Architizer, one of the largest architecture websites, launched the A+ Architecture Awards. It’s a totally new contest that opens the floor to individuals and companies who are influencing all of us—whether directly interested in the field or not.
“We’re putting out a call for proposals for people that are not only exploring how to design amazing structures, but also architectural projects that examine the economic crisis, social issues, mobility—even the weather. We want to see how people address these larger social issues and incorporate them into their designs.”
Architecture isn’t just for architects. Architecture is for–and increasingly by–everyone. The problem with many awards programs (in landscape, planning, and architecture) is that the programs are often designed by a discipline, for a discipline, and judged within the discipline. This is referred to as the “echo chamber,”–hence, the call to break from it.
Images and text from Architizer.