AIA Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize to Research Study on Global Urbanization

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
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AIA College of Fellows Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion.” (Courtesy Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion.” (Courtesy Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows announced today that it will award the 2013 Latrobe Prize of $100,000 to the proposal, “The City of 7 Billion.” This ambitious research study will explore how population growth and resource consumption, on a global scale, affects the built and natural environment looking “at the world as a single urban entity.”

Winning team of 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion” (Courtesy of Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

Winning team of 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion” (Courtesy Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

The winning team, consisting of Bimal Mendis and Joyce Hsiang of the Yale School of Architecture and Plan B Architecture & Urbanism, will create a geospatial model of the world with different sets of data—including demography, finance, geography, infrastructure, and resources—that will shed light on patterns of urbanization to better understand how resources can be more effectively used. This model will ultimately serve as a resource to help architects “address the challenges of global urbanization.”

The Benjamin Henry Latrobe grant is awarded biennially by the AIA College of Fellows for “research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession.”

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion” (Courtesy of Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion” (Courtesy Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion” (Courtesy of Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2013 Latrobe Prize for “The City of 7 Billion” (Courtesy Plan B Architecture & Urbanism)

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