25 January 2018
Columbia GSAPP is pleased to announce the winning projects of this year’s inaugural Buell Center Paris Prize. Three prizes of $3,000 each were awarded to four students from the Master of Architecture and the Advanced Architectural Design programs whose fall semester design studio projects most successfully complied with, interpreted, and/or critically extended the terms and spirit of the 2015 Paris Agreement, a global treaty adopted within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Special consideration was given to work that combined the social, technical, political, and symbolic implications of the climate accord in an architecturally specific fashion, at multiple scales. A jury composed of Buell Center Board Members selected one winning project and multiple finalists from each of the first-, second-, and third-year fall semester studios.
“As global urbanization invites us to think relationally across cultures and contexts, climate change urges us to re-imagine how we live, move, and share. New types of housing, new forms of infrastructure, new possibilities for urban ecology, and new preservation technologies can all converge to foster more just societies,” said Dean Amale Andraos.
“The Buell Center is dedicated to the study of American architecture in its many enigmatic and contradictory forms. When the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accords, the meaning of ‘American architecture’ changed. The climate question is a universal question, unconfined within national borders but nonetheless posed differently everywhere, at all times. In recognition, the Buell Center Paris Prize invites students to respond to its challenges not by solving preconceived problems, but by posing that question anew, right here and right now,” said Professor Reinhold Martin, Director of the Buell Center.
The Buell Center Paris Prize jury recognizes the following students for their compelling studio projects: