Humanitarian design finalists for Curry Stone Prize announced

The five finalists for the $100,000 Curry Stone Design Prize have been announced and will be recognized at the 11th International Venice Architecture Biennale. The finalists are:

  • Shawn Frayne, inventor of the Windbelt, the world's first non-turbine wind-powered generator.

  • Wes Janz, architect and associate professor at Ball State University, Indiana, whose work is inspired by the ingenuity of slum dwellers who build shelters from scavenged materials.
  • MMA Architects principals, Luyanda Mphahlwa and Mphethi Morojele, who designed an energy-efficient home made using timber and sandbags for infill for a Cape Town family that costs just $6,900.
  • Marjetica Potrc, an artist and architect whose "dry toilet" design, which converts human waste to fertilizer, is now used in barrios in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Antonio Scarponi, an architect whose project, "Dreaming Wall," cast text messages on a wall in Milan, uses technology and design to "jam" conventional social orders and illuminate the socio-political lines that unite and divide us.

The winner will be announced at IF on September 25th. A quick look around turned up more on the finalists here.