The International DesignBuildXchange Award 2024 received a diverse range of competition entries. The jury was particularly impressed by the variety of methodological, thematic and constructive approaches presented. These projects ranged from two-week summer school initiatives to long-term commitments, combining action and learning as iterative processes alongside in-depth research integration. They ranged from technical-experimental endeavours to community-oriented initiatives, encompassing both small-scale urban interventions and comprehensive building ensembles. While many projects were planned and implemented in the country in which the higher education institution was located, there were also instances of international collaboration, fostering academic and cultural exchange.

The spectrum of curriculum-embedded teaching projects, traditionally initiated by universities, is evolving. Communities, civil society actors and professional planners and builders are increasingly taking on the role of initiators, in collaboration with universities, while research is driving the creation of prototypical and experimental buildings.

The jury has chosen to recognise this diversity in its selection process. In addition to the five awards, four special mentions were given to projects that aim to stimulate and enrich the discourse on the aims and possibilities of DesignBuild.

We are in the process of organising the presentation of the award winning projects, along with the special mentions, and eagerly anticipate what promises to be a stimulating discussion.

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Special Mentions