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Calling All Technophiles

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Architecture's all-or-nothing affair with technology ended badly in the 1970s, when the promise of modernism began to smell like a threat. It's a shame, because despite the fact that counseling was in order—Brutalism, anyone?—architecture and technology can make good bedfellows. After witnessing a series of fitful attempts at reconciliation, we at ARCHITECT have decided to help move things along by launching the R+D Awards.

A sort of dating service for architectural technophiles, the R+D Awards are open not only to architects, but also to engineers, industrial designers, building product manufacturers, and the like—based on the simple premise that these groups have plenty in common, despite the fact that they don't often socialize. We're open to all kinds of submissions, from one-off design details to entire product lines. This being the program's first year, we're casting the net as widely as possible to see what emerges.

Architect Eric Owen Moss, the director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, will chair an independent jury tasked with choosing the best entries of all types. In September, ARCHITECT will publish the winners, both in print and online. What's more, SCI-Arc is hosting a summit in October, at which the winners will present their ideas in person.

Join us by making a submission, reading about the winners, or attending the summit. You might just discover your perfect match.



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About the Blogger

Ned Cramer

thumbnail image Ned Cramer is editor-in-chief of ARCHITECT, and editorial director of ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING, ECO-STRUCTURE, and METALMAG, published by Hanley Wood, a Washington, D.C.-based business media company. Prior to joining Hanley Wood, Cramer served as the first full-time curator of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), where he organized public programs and exhibitions such as "A Century of Progress: Chicago's 1933-34 World's Fair" and "New Federal Architecture: The Face of a Nation." At CAF, projects under Cramer's direction received support from foundations and corporations such as Altria, Boeing, the Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the McCormick-Tribune Foundation. He speaks regularly on architecture, design, and related issues. The Avery Architectural Index lists nearly 100 articles with Cramer's byline, many written in his former capacity as executive editor of Architecture magazine. The recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cramer has held positions at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Menil Collection in Houston. Cramer is an alumnus of the Rice University School of Architecture. He was born and raised in St. Louis.