Each year the organization awards accolades to a host of British architects for their built work in the field, seeking the edifice that made the “greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year.” Of its 102 honorees in the 2010 RIBA Awards, 93 are in the UK, with the remaining 9 sprinkled across Europe.
And despite economic woes, the show will go on. President Ruth Reed said, “In the midst of the deepest recession in the 45 year history of the RIBA Awards, this year’s awards demonstrate that although times might be hard for architects, there are still great buildings being built throughout the country and overseas.”
Unlike its cousin the Stirling Prize, also awarded by RIBA and pulled from the larger list of 102, the honorees comprise a handy reference guide to emerging and mid-career practices-to-watch: “Far from being a size prize, the RIBA Awards are for buildings that offer value to people’s lives.” Examples of “gem-like” projects that made the shortlist include a small circular restroom for bus drivers in London, a zero-carbon house, and the energy substation for the 2012 Olympics.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a database of contemporary architecture? A site where you could view photos of Roger Sherman’s 3-in-1 House, learn more about the firm Office 42, or locate Standard Architecture’s (not so) Hidden House?
Architizer to the rescue. The new site aspires to «redefine how architects show their work to the world.» It’s Facebook-for-architects, meets Linked-In, with a good dose of Google Maps. And while architects might be the target audience, design enthusiasts will surely enjoy lurking. If you’re shopping for an architect, you can scope out firms — or simply get lost looking at all the work