Design It: Shelter Competition

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On the occasion of the exhibitions Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and Learning By Doing, the Guggenheim and Google SketchUp invited amateur and professional designers from around the world to submit a 3-D shelter for any location in the world using Google SketchUp and Google Earth. Over the course of the summer, nearly 600 contestants from 68 different countries submitted designs that met the competition requirements. Current Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture students then selected ten finalists for the People's Prize award. Public online voting for this award closed on October 10.

Winners for the People's Prize and the Juried Prize have now been announced. Congratulations to David Mares of Setúbal, Portugal, winner of the People's Prize for CBS – Cork Block Shelter; and David Eltang, hailing from Aarhus, Denmark, winner of the Juried Prize for his design, SeaShelter!


Why shelters?

The competition is an extension of Learning By Doing, an exhibition in the Guggenheim Museum Sackler Center for Arts Education that featured plans, photographs, and models of student-built shelters from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. For the past seven decades, students at this school have taken on the challenge of designing, building, and living in small shelters nestled in the landscapes of the school’s Arizona and Wisconsin campuses. In working on these shelters, students consider human needs for safety and comfort, as well as the relationship between architecture and place.


Key Dates

The submission period closed on August 23, after which current Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture students selected ten finalists for the People's Prize. Online voting for these finalists was open until October 10. On October 21, the People’s Prize winner was announced along with the winner of a Juried Prize chosen by a panel of experts.

Shelters designed by Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture students: Hanging Tent, designed by Fatma Elmalimpinar and Fabian Mantel, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2001. Desert Perch, designed by Victor Sidy, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1999. Lotus Shelter, designed by Kamal Amin, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1963. Hewson’s Shed, designed by Ryan Hewson, Taliesin, Spring Green, Wisconsin, 2009. Tree House Shelter, designed by Bill Shoettker, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1990. All models courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Photos: © Aris Georges, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

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