British architectural collective Assemble was revealed as the winner of the 2015 Turner Prize during a live broadcast today on Britain's Channel 4. Regarded as one of Europe's most prestigious visual art awards, the Turner Prize recognizes a British artist under the age of 50 for outstanding exhibition or other form of presentation of their work in the preceding year.
During the announcement, Assemble received the £25,000 prize at the Tramway venue in Glasgow. The group, who are all between 26-29 years old, is the first architecture group — and the youngest — winner in the Turner Prize's history. They ultimately won the jury's favor with their urban renewal project for Toxteth in Liverpool, specifically in the Granby Four Streets neighborhood.
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In the project, Assemble created a showroom to display products made by local residents, trained and employed in a workshop where they fashion objects from demolition waste. These items, which include bookends and doorhandles, are then sold, and money is then put back into the project.
The approach for the Granby Four Streets project, according to Assemble's website, "is characterised by celebrating the value of the area’s architectural and cultural heritage, supporting public involvement and partnership working, offering local training and employment opportunities and nurturing the resourcefulness and DIY spirit that defines the four streets."
Fusing architecture, art, and design, Assemble's work focuses on creating 'architectural spaces and environments promote direct action and embrace a DIY sensibility', as described in the Turner Prize shortlist.
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