Barcelona-based architect Jose M. Ahedo has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Wheelwright Prize, a $100,000 traveling fellowship aimed at “fostering investigative approaches to contemporary design.” The jury—Mohsen Mostafavi, Iñaki Abalos, Silvia Benedito, Pedro Gadanho, Linda Pollak, Shohei Shigematsu, and Jorge Silvetti—selected Ahedo and his proposal, Domesticated Grounds: Design and Domesticity Within Animal Farming Systems, from nearly 200 applications representing 46 countries. Over the next two years, Ahedo will focus his research on the architectural and organizational models of animal farming and the significant causes of land degradation, greenhouse gas emissions, and social frictions.
The jury praised Ahedo’s proposal for its integrated approach to a broad range of issues, and for his clarity in identifying architecture and design’s potential to shape more sustainable models of production for a global mega-industry. He proposes to travel to Taranaki, New Zealand, the premier milk exporter in the world; Ikhbulag and Orhkon Valleys, Mongolia, where half the population depends on livestock production; Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, which has one of the longest histories of animal farming and where mid-sized family farms have prevailed; Hainan, China, an island with hundreds of aquatic farms (hatcheries); and various centers and companies around the world producing agricultural research.
Click here to read more about 2014 Wheelwright Prize winner Jose M. Ahedo, online at WheelwrightPrize.org.