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"Open Source Communities" by BellTower Wins Grand Prix in LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2020The prestigious design competition awarded the highest prize to the group of designers from Kenya

Sep. 01, 2020

TOKYO, Japan (September 1, 2020)―Lexus International has announced that BellTower from Kenya is the Grand Prix winner of the Lexus DESIGN AWARD 2020. BellTower's entry, entitled "Open Source Communities," was selected for the coveted award from among 2,042 total submissions from 79 countries.

Accepting the award, John Brian Kamau said It was a great honor for us as BellTower, to be one of the 6 finalists and then win the Grand Prix of LEXUS DESIGN AWARD 2020. Our journey began with many challenges. However, we persevered to showcase our ambitious concept. Our experience has taught us invaluable lifelong lessons. All our future designs will be aligned with the key principles we learned as part of the Lexus family.

SENIOR CURATOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN AT MoMA, NY

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA's founding Director of Research & Development. Her work investigates design's impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science and technology. She is currently working on several new sessions of her MoMA R&D Salons; and on the Instagram series @design.emergency―conceived with design critic Alice Rawsthorn―devoted to the role of design in the Covid-19 pandemic.

ARCHITECT / FOUNDING PRINCIPAL, PARTNER OF STUDIO GANG

Jeanne Gang, FAIA, is the founding principal and partner of internationally renowned architecture and urban design practice Studio Gang. Recognized for an approach that expands beyond architecture's conventional boundaries to foreground relationships between individuals, communities, and their environment, Jeanne has a diverse, award-winning portfolio of work throughout the Americas and Europe. A MacArthur Fellow and Professor in Practice of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jeanne this year was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine and won her largest commission to date: the 2.2 million sf O'Hare Global Terminal.

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