In mid-September, Public Architecture–in partnership with AIA San Francisco and with support from Interface–announced the winners of its inaugural Social Impact Design Award. A jury of architects considered 41 submissions, across the following categories of economic disparity, education iniquity, community engagement, health outcomes, human rights, and design excellence. In the process, two firm honorees were identified, those being Holst Architecture (Portland, OR) for the Bud Clark Commons project, completed in 2011, and Wheeler Kearns Architects (Chicago) for Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park, profiled here previously as the top honoree of the 2013 Rudy Bruner Award. Two citations here also made, described here.
As a centerpiece of Portland’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Bud Clark Commons sets a new standard by combining permanent supportive housing and temporary shelter with a community resource center. The $29 million project balances rigorous programmatic requirements, a progressive design approach, and LEED Platinum certified sustainable building practices…In Chicago, the Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park project involved the renovation and adaptive reuse of a 1906 single-story building and the improvement of three vacant lots in the City’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. The 7,300 sq. ft. facility has an eighty-seat restaurant that serves subsidized meals to working poor families and market rate meals to the general public.