“Learning South of North”

Share your initiative to improve the built environment!

Architecture Sans Frontières International (ASF Int) Award was founded in the purpose of sharing the most efficient solutions developed by architects globally to the many social, environmental and economic challenges facing the built environment. The goal of the award is to promote those solutions among the design profession and the general public, which will encourage an exchange of ideas and challenge the profession to develop the construction of social facilities and infrastructure for the benefit of the most vulnerable sectors of the world’s population.

The range of the initiatives is free, they can be realized buildings, but also future initiatives, educational projects, workshops, economic interventions or any other attempts concerning the equitable, social, cultural and environmental commitment of architecture, construction, urbanism and the conservation of historical heritages to human development, conducted after the year 2010. The jury will select the recipients of the prizes judging on how well their submission responds to the issues listed on the founding principles of ASF Int, in the Hasselt Charter.

In 2015, ASF in partnership with the South of North network will be giving out two prizes:

Prize for the Social Production of Habitat 1 500€
Prize for Challenging Practice 1 500€

Besides the two prizes, honorary mentions will be given to accomplished projects as well as to one successful approach by one of the ASF member organisations. Selected proposals will be exhibited in Kathmandu and on the ASF International’s website.

Submission Requirements:

The proposal should consist of three documents:

1.    Description TEXT answering the following questions
(required format:  doc / rtf / pdf, maximum size 3 MB)Project name
Project lead (If applicable)
ASF International Member Organization (If applicable)
Names and Roles of Client(s & Partners) (If applicable)
Total Costs  (If applicable)
Main Sources of Funding  (If applicable)
Project Start Date  (If applicable)
Project End Date  (If applicable)
Project Description: What is your project? (Max. 200 words)

Choose three issues most relevant to your project listed in the Hasselt Charter.and explain how your project addresses them? (Max. 3 x 200 words.)
2.    Two press IMAGES of your project/initiative
(required format: jpg / pdf, maximum size 2 x 3 MB)
3.    A PDF of 1-4 Landscape A3s with images and text
Please see the attached template for placement of images and text on the panels. The first panel should contain the basic information of the project and each of the other three other panels explain, how the submission addresses three chosen aspects listed in the founding principles of ASF, the Hasselt Charter. The content of the materials on the panels is free (photographs, drawings, text, diagrams etc.). Minimum text size on the panels is 11 pt. Recommended font for proposals is Gill Sans or other sans serif font.
(required format: pdf, maximum size 12 MB.
Please see the given template for instructions for placement of images and text.)

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Date Event
25rd of Feb Launch of the Award
31st of Mar Submission of Proposals
1st of Apr Jury online meeting
15th of Apr Winners contacted
18th June Award Ceremony at the ASF General Assembly in KathmanduExhibition of the selected proposals in Kathmandu

Panel discussion in the GA on the best practices

Chair, Peter Newton, Chair of the ASF Board
Newton, the current chair of ASF Int., is a co-founder of Architecture Sans Frontieres UK. He is an associate at Barton Willmore and an associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

Anna Heringer, Principal of Studio Anna Heringer
Heringer, nominated since 2010 as the UNESCO Chair of “earthen architecture, construction cultures and sustainable development” and a recipient of various international awards, is the architect of the renowned Meti School in Rudrapur, Bangladesh among various other buildings highlighting the value of local materials and approaches.

Dr Esther Charlesworth, AWF Australia
Charlesworth, Associate Professor at the RMIT, is the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (Australia) and the recent author of the book  ‘Humanitarian Architecture’.

Anshu Sharma, Board Member at SEEDS India
Sharma, trained as a Planner with specialization in urban, environmental and disaster management themes has seventeen years of experience across twelve countries responding to emergencies, coordinating community based action projects, training, coordinating and advocating.

Katie Crepeau, Editor at Autodesk Foundation’s Impact Design Hub
Crepeau, as the Editor at Impact Design Hub, has developed a deep understanding of the impact design field through curating and writing. She is currently working on a research initiative “Mapping Impact” to create tools for impact assessment for design.

Rafael de Balanzo, “Actions Without Borders” International Union of Architects(AWB-UIA)
Balanzo, he is the current Director of the “Actions Without Borders” Work Programme, adjunct professor at Urban Studies department at CUNY, and works as a researcher and practitioner in the fields of urban sustainability and resilience.

Pilvi Vanamo, co-founder of the South of North network, ASF Sweden, partner at Lönnqvist & Vanamo Architects.
Vanamo is a practicing architect in Stockholm, Sweden and one of the co-founders of the South of North network aiming to bring together Nordic architects working in developing environments.

Contact Information:
Inari Virkkala
ASF Award Jury
T: +358 40 574 1926


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