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Marina Otero wins 2022 Wheelwright Prize


The Harvard Graduate Faculty of Design (GSD) has named Netherlands-based architect and curator Marina Otero because the recipient of the 2022 Wheelwright Prize. Otero is the newly instated head of the social design masters at Design Academy Eindhoven. Beforehand, from 2015 to 2002, she served as director of analysis at Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI), the Dutch Institute for Structure Design and Digital Tradition.

Now in its tenth cycle as an worldwide open competitors, the Wheelwright Prize, which first originated at Harvard GSD in 1935, is a analysis travel-based grant of $100,000 that funds proposals put forth by “extraordinary early-career architects.” Otero’s profitable proposal, Future Storage:Architectures to Host the Metaverse, will survey “new structure paradigms for storing knowledge and the way reimagining digital infrastructures might meet the unprecedented calls for dealing with the world right this moment,” as detailed in a press announcement. Otero’s globe-spanning “discipline analysis, knowledge assortment, and prototype improvement will all consequence within the first open-source guide for international knowledge heart structure design containing examples of ecological, round, and egalitarian knowledge storage fashions.”

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Marina Otero (Boudewijn Bollmann)

Much like previous Wheelwright Prize winners, the prize will fund two years of analysis and journey. For Otero, who will start analysis and knowledge assortment for Future Storage this summer season, these travels will embody visits to the renewable power powerhouses of Iceland and Sweden in addition to Chile, a rustic that serves as a proving floor for distributed edge cloud fashions and the world’s second-largest producer of lithium, which is a core part of knowledge heart batteries. Following these preliminary travels, Otero additionally plans to go to Singapore, Australia, Nigeria, and California. She has already carried out fieldwork within the Netherlands, France, and United Kingdom.

Mentioned Otero in a press release:

“Whereas there’s an pressing want to search out new methods to grasp progress, imagining various futures in present circumstances is proving troublesome. On this context, the proposal is a deeply optimistic venture that considers different worlds potential: publish anthropocentric, ecological, and plural. The prize reaffirms my confidence within the capacity of this analysis to result in new paradigms for consuming and storing knowledge, expressly to make a distinction. Knowledge facilities won’t look like an thrilling place for an architectural venture. Nonetheless, the massive scale of the operations of the information trade and its pervasiveness and rising significance within the up to date world–coupled with its openness to innovation and concurrent pressures to search out higher socio-ecological fashions–creates a fertile surroundings for experimentation and motion.”

Otero was joined by three different shortlisted finalists for the 2022 Wheelwright Prize, which have been revealed by the Harvard GSD in mid-Might. Her fellow finalists and their proposals have been: Curry J. Hackett for Drylongso: Sociospatial Tropes of the African Diaspora; Summer time Islam for Groundwork; and Feifei Zhou: Between Land and Water: Structure of Porosity

“Every proposal from the 4 finalists has its deserves by way of relevance and rigor,” mentioned 2022 Wheelwright Prize juror, Shirley Surya, curator of design and structure at M+ in Hong Kong. “We, however, discovered Marina’s proposal most compelling for the wanted scrutiny it affords on an more and more dominant, but largely uncared for, constructing typology that bears huge implications on land and power consumption worldwide.”

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WORK, BODY, LEISURE, Dutch Pavilion on the sixteenth Venice Structure Biennale, 2018, curated by Marina Otero, exhibition design by Marina Otero and Raphael Coutin. (Picture: Daria Scagliola)

Becoming a member of Surya on this yr’s jury panel have been Will Hunter, 2022 Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow and founder and chief govt of London Faculty of Structure; Adrian Lahoud, dean of the Faculty of Structure on the Royal Faculty of Artwork; Mark Lee, chair of the Division of Structure on the Harvard GSD; Irene Sunwoo, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator on the Structure and Design on the Artwork Institute of Chicago; Shirley Surya, and Sarah M. Whiting, dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Structure on the Harvard GSD.

“Whereas her title sounds futuristic, the difficulty is something however: Marina acknowledges the very pressing problem of storing knowledge in and for right this moment’s world. Her analysis will spotlight improvements in knowledge storage architectures and infrastructures, recognizing present inequities and scarcities, but additionally the potential for the way knowledge can remodel complete communities worldwide by means of these new civic infrastructures and their attain,” added Whiting.

Otero studied structure at TU Delft and is a 2013 graduate of Columbia College’s Graduate Faculty of Structure, Planning and Preservation, the place she acquired her MS in important, curatorial and conceptual practices in structure; she accomplished her PhD at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid in 2016. Her revealed works embody Unmanned: Structure and Safety Collection (2016); After Belonging: The Objects, Areas, and Territories of the Methods We Keep In Transit (2016); Structure of Appropriation (2019), and Extra-than-Human (2020), all as co-editor, and Work, Physique, Leisure (2018) as editor.

Final yr’s Wheelwright Prize recipient was Chicago-born, Miami-based architect, educator, and concrete designer Germane Barnes, whose profitable proposal, Anatomical Transformations in Classical Structure, sought out to look at “Roman and Italian structure by means of the lens of non-white constructors, learning how areas have been remodeled by means of the fabric contributions of the African Diaspora whereas creating new architectural potentialities that emerge inside investigations of Blackness.”

Additional particulars on Otero and her profitable Future Storage: Architectures to Host the Metaverse in addition to an summary of her earlier main works may be discovered right here.



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