Design It: Shelter Competition Winner at Shanghai Expo 2010

Design It

An important highlight of the Guggenheim Museum's 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2009 was the Design It: Shelter Competition, allowing architects and designers from around the world to submit innovative designs for shelters using Google Sketch-Up. This was the first collaboration undertaken by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Google. Many good things came from that initiative and now we are pleased to announce that People's Prize winner David Mares's scaled model, CBS – Cork Block Shelter, was selected and displayed in the Portugal Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010. David was in touch last week to thank Google and the Guggenheim because as he said: "[This] was only possible thanks to the initiative from Google and the NY's Guggenheim Museum - Design It: Shelter Competition 2009. I hope you continue to promote such competitions." 

Inspired by the inaugural anniversary exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward exhibition and Sackler Center for Arts Education exhibition Learning By Doing, which featured plans, photographs, and models of student-built shelters from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the Design It Shelter Competition extended the reach of these exhibition to an international online audience. The 2009 competition received more than 600 submissions which qualified for review by the jury. Current Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture students then selected ten finalists for the People's Prize award, for which the public could cast their votes through October 10, 2009. On October 21, 2009, the People's Prize winner was announced along with the winner of a Juried Prize chosen by a panel of experts. 

David Mares's CBS - Cork Block Shelter won the People's Prize after receiving 64,875 votes out of more than 100,000 votes submitted online by voters around the world. David's shelter is a rectangular structure composed of indigenous cork from Portugal which provides thermal protection from a microclimate ranging from dry heat to damp cold.

We are thrilled to see this online extension of the Learning By Doing exhibition take on a life of its own and reach a new audience by appearing at the Shanghai Expo, which opened in May 2010 with the theme, "Better City – Better Life." The expo has attracted over 63 million visitors from over 200 countries around the world. 

Congratulations again to David and thanks to our colleagues at Google and Sketch Up for their creative collaboration.


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