Essay Prize Question
How do civic buildings create community?
Essay Prize Jurors
Dr. Karen Trapenberg Frick
Dr. Eric Klinenberg
Dr. Malini Krishnankutty
The BERKELEY PRIZE is proud to highlight a book, PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, written by Eric Klinenberg, one of this year’s BERKELEY PRIZE Jurors. The book’s thesis is, in fact, the basis for this year’s PRIZE topic. It has received an avalanche of attention and positive reviews from a wide variety of sources. The New York Times Book Review below, written by Pete Buttigieg, a Rhodes Scholar, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, U.S.A., and Democratic U.S. Presidential nominee-hopeful, is a both a summary of the book’s contents and a serious reflection on its argument. It is an apt starting point for approaching this year’s topic and Question.
Essay Prize Winners and Honorable Mentions:
First Place Prize: Rhiddhit Paul (architecture) and Abhradeep Chakraborty (planning) at the School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, India for: “Nests for a Phoenix: Building Life After Death” (9000USD)
Second Place Prize: Poonam Parikh (architecture) and Khushali Haji (urban design) at the C.E.P.T. University, Ahmedabad, India for: "Ahmedabad: Growing through a History of Community and Conflict" (7500USD)
Third Place Prize: Michael Tsang (architecture) and Elisa Ynaraja Rodriguez (civil engineering) at the University of Bath, Bath, UK for: "The Storytellers of Bristol: An Exploration of Community Created by Theatre” (6000USD)
Honorable Mention: Claudio Cabana (architecture/environmental design) and Henrike Scholz (international relations) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada for: “The Learned City: Civic Buildings, Information Inequality, and the Digital Divide” (2500USD)
Honorable Mention: Vladimir Kositsyn (architecture) and Zhenya Nasledskova (environmental design) at the Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, Russian Federation for: “Moscow Civic Buildings and Their Variability through the Prism of Time” (2500USD)
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Njeri Mugo (architecture) at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Stephanie Brenda Wanjiru Munene (law) at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya for: “For the Love of Museums” (2500USD)
Honorable Mention: Madhura Vaze (architecture) at B.K.P.S. College of Architecture and Nabha Joshi (economics) at the S.P College, Pune, India for: “Public Markets: Building Community, Building Economy" (2500USD)
Honorable Mention: Jingni Wu (art) at Beihang University and Xinxing Chen (architecture) at the Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China for: “Elder-Friendly Community Building: Civic Space Creation under the Renovation of the Hutong Area” (2500USD)
See 2020 "Winning Essays."
Travel Fellowship Winners and Destination:
The 2020 Travel Fellowship competition is cancelled.
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