Solving Social Problems Through Design

 

Elemental's design for Monterry Development in Mexico
Elemental’s design for Monterry Development in Mexico

Yesterday I was catching up on my news feeds and came across a notice that Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena was the 2016 Pritzker Prize winner. For those of you not familiar with the Pritzker Prize,

It’s an annual price awarded to a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

More on that and past winners here. I have to admit that I was not familiar with this architect or his work before yesterday so I thought I would check out some his projects and his Ted talk about his design philosophy. His approach to architectural design blew me away and had he been my architecture professor back in the day I would have continued in Architecture.

The concept of designing for people with people as part of the design process. The idea of designing social housing that allow the people living in them to be able to reap the benefits of home ownership. Social housing as an asset instead of a liability. Social housing that does not displace people from their communities. Imagine if here in the US we would take this approach to design?

Check out the video.