I am very pleased to share with you details of the latest Building Trust International design competition entitled ‘PLAYscapes.’ The competition seeks to find exciting design proposals to transform neglected parts of cities into interactive landscapes, encouraging public engagement, community involvement and sustainable adaptive reuse. The competition will challenge both professional and student architects, designers, engineers and artists to provide a design solution which advocates creativity and promotes outside activity, increasing socialisation.
I have been working this week to publicise the competition to the Architecture and Design media to further promote the project and encourage students of all fields to take part in the chance to make their city more fun. The competition is an opportunity for people to share an abandoned or forgotten urban site in their city which they feel has the possibility to be developed into an exciting PLAYscape.
The competition brief can be downloaded from below:
After writing about the amazing concepts that winning and short listed students delivered in the Building Trust Cambodian Housing competition, I wanted to share with you an interesting TED talk. The talk by street artist JR, who won the TED prize in 2011 came up with an innovative art campaign called ‘INSIDE OUT’.
INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. People are challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are then made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities.
In the video JR, discusses the results of his year long campaign promoting art and design throughout the World. It is amazing to see the volume of widespread participation from every day people, from the favelas of Brazil to the rooftops of Kenya and the streets of Palestine – the project creates global communication. What really interested me after watching the video is JR’s idea that more schools should be getting involved in exciting art and design projects such as INSIDE OUT. I agree with JR that there should be more projects like his or perhaps like Building Trust‘s design briefs within school curriculum. This is a great way to promote humanitarian design.
JR states, “Education is so essential. There should be even more schools doing this (INSIDE OUT) kind of project”
Well enough from me, check out the video for yourself and see what you think. Perhaps you have sent a photo to the project and glued it to a wall in your neighbourhood? If so good for you!
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