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Cameron Sinclair launches prize for biggest design failures

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Former Architecture for Humanity head Cameron Sinclair has launched a prize highlighting the dangers to people’s well-being of design ‘failures’

The new executive director of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation unveiled the tongue-in-cheek accolade, The Dead Prize, at the International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress in Durban this week.

Sinclair has invited the public to nominate engineering, architecture or design work that have had a negative impact on the planet via the award’s Twitter account @deadprize.

‘This was an idea I have been exploring off and on for the past 25 years,’ writes Sinclair on the award’s website www.deadprize.org.

‘Over two decades later we rarely see the building and design profession raise its hands and admit to mistakes or failure, unintended or otherwise.

We rarely see the profession raise its hands and admit failure

‘There are certainly many websites that record ‘best practices’ but not the worst. The prize is setting out to change that – to turn into a repository of unloved and unsuccessful projects.’

The prize defines bad design ‘as objects which cause harm, have nefarious side-effects, or simply fulfil their function poorly’.

Deadline for entries is 1 November 2014, with finalists to be announced in December. The winners will be revealed early next year.

The jury will include experts from design, health, education and the media.

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  • I am a big fan of Cameron, and have met him several times and supported AFH for many years. However I think he may have misjudged this one.

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