Congratulations to Team B Architecture & Design
AIA Cincinnati has awarded the 2018 Bettman Prize to Cincinnati-based practice Team B Architecture & Design. Underwritten by an endowment, the prize helps to fund projects that improve the local community including research, programming studies, speculative design, small-scale construction, exhibitions, and installation of public art.
Team B’s project enhances the ecological restoration efforts of the Mill Creek Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on restoring the 28-mile-long waterway. The Bettman funds will offset costs for Team B’s pro bono research, design and build efforts resulting in custom habitat-friendly birdhouses along the creek’s greenway trail in Northside.
The birdhouses will address specific design criteria responsive to the needs of at-risk species of birds such as orientation, proximity to water, size and spacing, color. John Stoughton, an architect at Team B, says the firm took on this project to draw attention to Mill Creek Alliance’s ongoing work: “We think of these tiny structures as serving multiple purposes – from attention-grabbers for ongoing clean-up efforts, to wildlife habitats, to miniature manifestos for how we can approach a design problem.”
The project builds partnerships with youth volunteers from Mill Creek Alliance’s “Green Team,” who plan to build from prototypes developed by Team B in the summer of 2019.
Once considered one of the more polluted urban rivers in the country, the Mill Creek is transforming into a sustainable wildlife refuge as well as a green connector to downtown Cincinnati. Stoughton is hoping that Team B’s effort will result in successive years of implementation while providing a model for other regional and national organizations to adopt.
Team B’s progress on the project will be reported throughout the year- stay tuned for updates!