This year’s Foster + Partners Prize, which is presented to a diploma student at the UK’s Architectural Association School of Architecture, was awarded to Aditya Aachi for his project Haiti Simbi Hubs.
The recipient is selected jointly by the AA School and Foster + Partners at the end of each academic year, and recognises an outstanding project that addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure.
Aachi’s project proposes sanitation infrastructure for Haiti and draws on the unprecedented need for cooperation between the Haitian Government and NGOs to combat cholera outbreaks.
A network of hygiene points known as ‘Simbi Hubs’ is planned, providing localised sanitation processes. Each Simbi Hub includes areas for lavatories, bathing, and laundry, as well as facilities for food storage and preparation.
Water and sewage are treated on site and the hubs address issues relating to storm drainage and earthquake safety. All the elements required to build the new infrastructure are designed to be made locally, using established craft skills.
Aditya Aachi, and the other six shortlisted candidates, will be invited to exhibit their work in the gallery in Foster + Partners’ studio in October, when there will be a formal reception and a prize will be presented.
Mouzhan Majidi, chief executive of Foster + Partners, said: “This is the second year we have awarded this prize and in Aditya Aachi’s project we see it going from strength to strength. We hope very much that the debate this prize generates will encourage students to address themes that are of increasing relevance to architecture today.”
Aachi added: “The earthquake and cholera outbreak of 2010 exposed the lack of both governmental and physical infrastructure in Haiti. The vision for this intervention is not only to create a sustainable system of public sanitation, which will be freely available to all, but also help to make sense of the largely unplanned city by making interventions that reinforce the public realm.”