ARCHITECT Magazine announces Studio Prize for Urbanism After Extraction

As the world continues to set higher targets for clean energy production, how do urban regions, who were previously world leaders in extractive based energy production, such as coal, reclaim their landscapes while simultaneously transitioning to new energy and economic paradigms?

This challenging opportunity was examined, through the case of the Katowice Agglomeration, Poland in the spring 2017 joint urban design studio, led by DUSP’s Marie Law Adams and ARCH’s Rafi Segal. Their studio, Urbanism After Extraction, focused on the environmental and social issues in Agglomeration, while challenging students to engage in comprehensive approaches, combining a wide array of DUSP taught skills such as design of landscape, infrastructure, and other built environment interventions, along with policy tools such as legislation, zoning, financing, and investment structures. 

In September, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, awarded Urbanism After Extraction the 2017 ARCHITECT Studio Prize, for Adams and Segal’s thoughtful, innovative, and ethical approach to building their studio. Coinciding with the award, the results of Urbanism After Extraction is now available in published form, available for download here.

This joint urban design studio was supported by the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.