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2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge

Digital Inclusion

For the developed world, imagining a world without the Internet is nearly impossible. Despite the Internet’s global significance, less than 20 percent of the world’s 6 billion people currently have access to the educational, social and economic opportunities it can create.

The 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge invited the global community to help address this digital divide. It challenged design professionals and others to develop not one but many solutions for building sustainable, multi-purpose, low-cost technology facilities for those who need them most.

As the winner of the 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge, The Global Studio will see their ideas come to life for SIDAREC in the heart of the Mukuru Kwa Njenga settlement in Nairobi, Kenya.

AMD Open Architecture Challenge

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The Challenge by Turk Pipkin
Submission Period: September 2007 to February 2008
Registered Entries: 566
Qualified Entries: 263
Design Team Members: 849 representing 57 nations (38 developing nations)
Jury Members: 51
Community Jury Members: 80+
Community Partner Applications: 115 from 35 countries
Application Review Members: 40
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2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge: Digital Inclusion
SIDAREC Project Update: The SIDAREC Youth Technology and Media Lab is on its way to becoming a reality! The overall winner, The Global Studio, has been hard at work revising the design, in partnership with AMD and their technology network. A local architect, Planning Systems has been selected and will be working on drawings for bid/tender and permits in early 2009. Read more...

Challenge Clients:
Africa Challenge Site (selected site):
SIDAREC: A new technology media lab and library will serve a staff of 7 and 250 youth. The Global Studio has been busy revising the design and a local architect has begun the working drawings for the new project.
Top Ten Finalists | All Entries | Project Updates
Asia Challenge Site:
Nyaya Health: A clinic to serve a staff of 10 health care workers and 7,700 beneficiaries.
Top Ten Finalists | All Entries | Project Updates
South America Challenge Site:
Kallari Association: A chocolate factory and satellite technology hubs to serve 16 staff members and 800 families (5000+ individuals) living in 22 remote villages in the Amazon.
Top Ten Finalists | All Entries | Project Updates

AMD Open Architecture Challenge Winners

Overall Competition Winner

The Global Studio (Stephanie Ingram, Geoff Piper, Matthew Sullivan, Ashley Waldron)

Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Regional Site Winners

Africa Challenge

Asia Challenge

South America Challenge

First Place Winner:
The Global Studio (Stephanie Ingram, Geoff Piper, Matthew Sullivan, Ashley Waldron)

Location: Seattle, WA, USA

First Place Winner:
Max Fordham, LLP (Gwilym Still, David Hawkins, Bertie Dixon and Thomas Bailess) + Nick Lawrence

Location: London, UK

First Place Winner:
Igor Taskov, Fernando Pagan, ChunSheh Teo, Heather Worrell
Locations: Nis, Serbia, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Indianapolis, IN, USA
Africa Challenge
Asia Challenge
South America Challenge
Second Place: Duvivier Architects
Venice, CA, USA
Third Place: KBAS Philadelphia, PA, USA
Second Place: Emre Can Yilmaz Istanbul, Turkey
Third Place/ Founders Award Studio Wikitecture Second Life
Second Place: zerOgroup [Laurent Troost] Manaos, Brazil
Third Place: HdlT Collaborative Seattle, WA, USA
Founders Award

Studio Wikitecture
Location: Second Life

About the Open Architecture Challenge:
The Open Architecture Challenge is an open, international design competition hosted once very two years on the Open Architecture Network.

It reaches beyond the traditional bounds of architecture by challenging architects and designers to partner with the broader public to address architectural inequities affecting the health, prosperity and well-being of under-served communities.

By harnessing the creativity and energy of the design community and beyond, each challenge offers not one but many solutions to a different systemic issue facing the built environment. All are invited to participate. Funding from partners and sponsors goes towards constructing the winning designs.

The Open Architecture Network and the Open Architecture Challenge are programs of Architecture for Humanity, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need. Learn more.

About the 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge:
The 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge focused on the issue of digital inclusion and tasked design teams to address the issues of facility design that prevent technology labs from succeeding. Three community partners were selected, one in each of three regions. Each site posed a unique set of design constraints and opportunities. While the needs of each client were unique, the hurdles they face in embracing technology to offer access to education, health care and the global marketplace are shared by millions of people in communities all over the world.

One overall winner of the competition has the opportunity to realize their design in partnership with the community partner. Additionally, each of the three winning teams receives a US$5,000 travel stipend to travel on site and work with the respective community organizations to further develop and refine the design. Architecture for Humanity is currently seeking additional funds to construct the solutions for the sites in Ecuador and Nepal.
The three site challenges for the 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge were:

South AmericaCommunity Partner: Kallari Association, Napo Province, EcuadorChallenge: Connect a cooperative of indigenous chocolate producers and artisans in the Ecuadorian Amazon with the global marketplace by building a fair trade exchange, chocolate production center and satellite rural technology points. Learn more

AfricaCommunity Partner: SIDAREC, Nairobi, KenyaChallenge: Empower the youth of Mukuru Kwa Njenga, an informal slum settlement of 250,000, to connect with other youth and create positive change in their community by building a technology media center and recording studio. Learn more

AsiaCommunity Partner: Nyaya Health, Sanfe Bagar, NepalChallenge: Enable families in a remote rural area of Nepal where there is only one doctor for a population of 250,000 to access to health care from top physicians and medical professionals all over the world by building a tele-medicine center. Learn more

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Timeline |
FAQs | The Challenge (video)

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Competition Details

  • Name: 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge
  • Host: AMD and Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline:
  • Submission Deadline: February 2008
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Status: Winners Announced