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Wisdom from the Field - 2011 Latrobe Prize  

03-17-2014 01:39 PM

The 2011 Latrobe Prize, awarded to a group of architectural researchers for their study titled, “Public Interest Practices in Architecture” has completed their research and published the findings. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows 2011 Latrobe Prize for research consists of a $100,000 grant for research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. The study investigated the needs that can be addressed by public interest practices and the variety of ways that public interest practices are operating. You can access the comprehensive report on this research here.

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01-24-2015 07:28 PM

Thanks for sharing this Scott. I found this research very refreshing as since completing my Masters from Illinois in 2009*, I have encountered many of the Practices and Partners included in the report.
One of the Partners included in the document is CCDA ( in Lawndale, a neighborhood of Chicago. Their vision for Relocation, Reconciliation, and Redistribution has been at the core of my understanding of how to redevelop broken urban cores across the country. I love this excerpt from their website:
Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have:
But of the best leaders When their task is done
The people will remark "We have done it ourselves."
[Ancient Chinese Proverb]
*My Thesis at Illinois in 2009 was called [URBAN]design[CENTER] - - a satellite campus for Judson University's Architecture School to be located in the Chicago Neighborhood of Lawndale.