1ST PRIZE - (PROTO) PRISON BY ALEX WARR AND ZACH WALTERS

JURY'S COMMENTS: (proto) Prison manages to tackle two of the United States’ greatest challenges: incarceration and sustainable energy production. The two very disparate subjects are poetically entwined, moving towards something grander than the sum of its parts. By programmatically blurring the boundaries between prisoners and outside society – and facilitating interaction – the proposal reduces the risk of recidivism while at the same time furthering important research. Conceptually, the inverted panopticon along with the three programmatic rings (cell blocks, research and support) convinces and responds well to the challenges and opportunities offered by the site. The scheme is captivating, not only because of its technical creativity, but also because of the way it addresses the brief with both clarity and ingenuity. The introduction of an alternative energy research facility, directly run in conjunction with the prison, transforms the conventional program of the prison into one that is more related to education, research and innovation. Held together by a straightforward and lucid presentation, (proto) Prison is a well-deserving winner.

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