Der Spiegel is reporting today about the new Social Houseing Award sponsored by The Bauhaus-Dessau Foundation. All young architects are encouraged to think about poverty and ”…build attractive homes for the poor”. The competition is called “Housing shortages: The minimum subsistence level housing of today.” Provocative? Yes.
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The foundation’s executive director Omar Akbar wants to ”place architecture, design and his own organization back into the social and political landscape”. He wants to draw our attention to a problem “that no longer seems to interest today’s architects: poverty and destitution.” That stroke me. Poverty and destitution no longer interes architects. I hereby agree with mr. Omar and feel semi-ashamed because I’m not an architect yet and my future is yet to be defined. Thankfully. The topic is not shiny and not fancy, instead it’s a real design problem that is to be adressed head on.
The first project from 1929: Bauhaus Siedlung Dessau-Törten
(plan and facades provided by Marjetka, hvala*)