Barcelona – In a society where design is frequently praised for its aesthetic appeal, it’s nice to have an award that recognizes excellence in design for end-user comfort. That’s where the Living Places - Simon Architecture Prize comes in: the unique, cinematic award has returned for a second edition, and this time it includes projects that span across European and Mexican soil.
Organizers Simon and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation ask participants to push beyond aesthetic merit and show their spaces, put to the test of life. Participants are asked to convey the project’s atmospheric merit from the inhabitants’ perspective via video, rather than just submitting images and plans that show ‘degree 0’ architecture — where spaces are captured prior to handover. Communicating both intimate and collective experience is explored across two categories in the Living Places - Simon Architecture Prize: Personal Places and Collective Places.