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Winners of the 2013 Architecture of Necessity announced

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The winners of the triennial which celebrates community building were announced at a conference in Småland, Sweden

Architecture of Necessity originally began in protest of a lack of ambition for sustainable community building. It has now developed into both an exhibition and a triennial. It forms part of the Wood Summit, which this year had the theme of ‘Architecture of System Change’.

The winning projects

Liyuan Library, China by Li Xiaodong

Watermark/One Angel Lane, UK by Fletcher Priest Architects

Locally manufactured school, Pakistan by Roswag Architekten

Christchurch recovery plan, New Zealand by Gehl Architects

Nearly 100 projects were submitted from 35 countries. These will be exhibited at the Viserum Art Museum in Sweden until 8 December.

Virserum Art Museum director Henrik Teleman said: ‘Still hundreds of architectural bureaus submit examples of sustainable com­munity building to us. We have media partners across the globe. I’m especially pleased that more and more are considering the social and economic sustainability. If mankind is to stand a chance, the issues of sustainability must be pursued hard.’

Chair of the jury Claes Caldenby added: ‘The jury has given a certain priority to built projects, considering the well-known implementation deficit in sustainable build­ing. The jury would also have liked to see more contributions on upgrading of housing estates from the 1960s and 1970s around the world, a highly pressing issue in the near future. Projects which propose sharing of resources in the form of co-housing would also have been welcome.’

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