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2012 Mumford Honorees

2012 Lewis Mumford Awards

On March 24th, 2012 Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) honored three remarkable organizations at the  19th annual Lewis Mumford Awards Ceremony, held at Goldsmith Hall on the University of Texas Austin campus.  The organizations have made outstanding contributions in areas that embrace ADPSR’s mission of world peace, protection of the environment, and socially responsible development:

Peace:                The Nobelity Project, Austin
Environment:      The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Austin
Development:      Project Row House, Houston

The Nobelity Project collaborates with Nobel Laureates and other inspiring leaders to create movies that make a difference.  This education and action nonprofit, founded in 2005 in Austin, uses the medium of film to bring viewers awareness and provides a call to action.  Two interesting programs have kept The Nobelity Project busy this year - Nobelity in Schools and the Kenya Schools Fund.  Through the Nobelity in Schools program, students nationwide explore global issues and discover ways to effect positive change.  The Kenya Schools Fund is building classrooms, libraries, computer labs, and clean water systems across rural Kenya.  www.nobelity.org/

The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a pillar of green building in Austin for the past 35 years, has been influential in many advances in sustainable development across the world.  CMPBS is a nonprofit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design.  Projects emphasize regional contexts as bases for responsible resource use relative to materials, energy, water, food, and meaningful employment.  www.cmpbs.org

Project Row Houses provides a bright spot of social change in an otherwise challenged neighborhood, the Third Ward, in Houston.  Since Project Row Houses’ inception in 1993, the original mission of providing arts education programs has expanded to also address housing issues.  Project Row Houses grew from a block and a half of 22 homes in 1993, to now six blocks and 40 properties, including twelve artist exhibition and residency spaces, seven houses for young mothers, offices, a community art gallery, a park, low-income residential, and commercial spaces.  www.rowhousecdc.org and www.projectrowhouses.org

In 1992, ADPSR instituted the Lewis Mumford awards program to honor people and organizations that exemplify ADPSR's goals of peace, preservation of the natural and built environment, and socially responsible development. Lewis Mumford's writings continue to inspire and remind us that architecture, design, and planning, must respond to human needs, harmonize with its surroundings, and reflect the aspirations and social context of our civilization.  Nominations are reviewed by the National Board of ADPSR, which made the final decision.

For further information contact mumford@adpsr.org, adpsr.org/home/mumford_awards

Click here to see a list of previous recipients

2010 Awardees

2009 Awardees