As a judge for the inaugural edition of The Davidson Prize, Thomas Heatherwick worked alongside esteemed colleagues Alison Brooks, Michelle Ogundehin, Narinder Singh Sagoo and Sonia Solicari to narrow down and select the 18 shortlisted entries revealed today.
Responding to the theme of Home/Work, 55 entrants imagined innovative solutions for living and working in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 18-strong shortlist features a broad range of new ideas for homes, neighbourhoods and communities.
Among the 2021 shortlisted entries, recurring themes included hyperlocal, community-based solutions that aim to combat feelings of social isolation, with approaches ranging from adaptive typologies in urbanism to new planning and development models.
Other themes included biophilia, natural light and wellbeing; retrofit and modular solutions for the separation of work and living; and the occupation of in-between spaces for work – in and around buildings and out on the streets.
Browse the full set of shortlisted entries on The Davidson Prize website.