S, M, L, XL
Jury Insights (2015-16)
I feel that architects and film-makers are very similar because we are artists who cannot function beyond and outside the market. As artists, we must recognise a political agenda parallel to our artistic agenda as the two are not un-linked.
I use TML and the submitted projects as a lens to ask questions like what are the current challenges? Have these projects tried to address them? It was very rigorous in its format even to arrive at a short list of projects.
The Merit List can be the kind of competition that can overcome the ‘picture-perfect syndrome’ that all of us architects are falling prey to.
I see the Merit List as very different from other architecture awards. There are projects that would have won the typical award yet have not made it to the list, and there may be some projects that have made it to the list which may not have won the typical award. The crucial difference I see here is that the typical award looks at the best design, whereas the Merit List looks at the significance of the precedents that are being set. Therefore a list rather than a winner.