Dezeen’s deputy editor Cajsa Carlson has been shortlisted for excellence in creative journalism at this year’s Créateurs Design Awards, which will see awards presented to architects Tadao Ando and Jeanne Gang.
Carlson was shortlisted alongside writers from the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Roadbook for her piece exploring the impact of the Beirut explosion.
For the piece, she spoke to architects and designers to hear their first-hand accounts of how life in the city continues to be affected by the devastating explosion that destroyed much of Beirut.
The Créateurs Design Awards aim “to recognize and uphold excellence in the design industry to preserve design integrity and inspire future generations.”
Alongside the journalism award, it presents awards for architecture, interiors, product design, photography and curation. Previous winners include British curator Beatrice Galilee for the World Around Summit, which Dezeen broadcast.
This year will see Japanese architect Ando awarded the lifetime achievement award. The Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect has completed a succession of high-profile buildings around the world including the redesign of Paris’ Bourse de Commerce and Church of the Light. He is currently designing a house for Kim Kardashian.
Also at the ceremony later this month, Gang will receive the Le Prix Charlotte Perriand, which celebrates trailblazers in the field of architecture and design.
Founder of architecture firm Studio Gang, Gang was recognised for her design of Aqua Tower – the tallest woman-designed building in the world when it was completed in 2009. Gang was selected by over 200 of the Créateurs Design Awards worldwide members for the award, which is named in honour of French architect Charlotte Perriand.
Gang said it was “an honor not only to be recognized by this distinguished jury but also to help continue to celebrate the legacy of Charlotte Perriand”.
“I have long admired not only the beauty of her work but also her social and environmental positions that were in many ways far ahead of her time,” she said.
“Charlotte Perriand represents someone who fearlessly adopted the advanced tools and techniques of her time, yet deployed them with care and intelligence,” Gang continued. “She was truly forward-thinking in her desire to use design to improve the quality of life for everyone.”
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