World Architecture Day 2019 is only two months away and the winner of the UIA 2019 World Architecture Poster Competition has been declared from over 100 submissions from around the globe. The international jury for the competition has selected Huda Gharandouqa’s black & white design which effectively communicates this year’s theme of affordable housing: “Architecture… housing for all”. Affordable housing is part of the New Urban Agenda as well as Goal Number 11 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: “to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.” The jury consisted of Sonya Dyakova (Russia/UK), Dana Whabira (Zimbabwe) and Chris Ware (USA).
The jury praised Ms Gharandouqa’s work for its “striking design” and “flowing moiré” imagery that “grabs one’s attention from afar.” Depicting a black and white apartment building with human figures silhouetted in the lighted windows, Ms. Gharandouqa’s modular shapes convey urban life and “a sense of community.”
Huda Gharandouqa studied at The Hashemite University in Jordan, graduating with a degree in Architectural Design. She currently works at the Jordan Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. She believes that the simplest forms create the biggest changes, stating, “given the dire conditions the world is facing, basic shapes and resilient patterns should become the basis for today’s architecture and urban development.”
The UIA has chosen the theme “Architecture… housing for all”. It will focus on how architects can contribute to the realisation of affordable housing for all; the implementation of the New Urban Agenda; and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 11, “to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable”.