This year theÂ Harvard University Graduate School of DesignÂ has awarded its coveted Wheelwright PrizeÂ to Daniel FernÃ¡ndez Pascual. The $100,000 fellowship funds travel-based research to support and investigate contemporary architecture and design.Â
FernÃ¡ndez Pascual won the 2020 Prize for his research proposal:Â Being Shellfish: The Architecture of Intertidal Cohabitation. As the co-founder of Cooking Sections with Alon Schwabe, their research focuses on architecture and changing ecosystems through food.
In an interview with Archinect, FernÃ¡ndez Pascual shares his work changes and progresses the future of architecture.
"The proposed project aims to look at different case studies where seaweeds and waste shells have been used as construction materials or alternative ways of caring for the coast. This will inspire new ways of recycling food waste into the building sector, while supporting alternative coastal economies and ecologies."
FernÃ¡ndez Pascual holds a Master of Architecture from ETSA Madrid, a Master of Science in Urban Design from TU Berlin and Tongji University Shanghai, and a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London.
FernÃ¡ndez Pascual follows Aleksandra Jaeschke, the 2019 Wheelwright Prize winner and her research project UNDER WRAPS: Architecture and Culture of Greenhouses.
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