Caterina Saracino, a junior architecture and geosciences major from Geneva, was recently selected out of 142 entries from 22 countries as a semifinalist in the 2006 Berkeley Undergraduate Architectural Design Prize.
The Berkeley Prize Undergraduate Essay Competition was established in the Department of Architecture at UC-Berkeley, to promote architecture as a social art through research, writing and criticism: traditionally under-represented aspects of the architecture curriculum. Each year, the Prize Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world. This year's topic is “Children and the City.”
Saracino's project, which she called “Street vision,” looked at how Geneva has a strong business area along Routes 5&20, rather than in the central city, where children live. Her project focused on safety and supervision of children.
She will compete with 40 others seeking to become finalists; the competition winner receives $6,000. Semifinalists have the chance to receive airfare and a stipend to participate in the United Nations Habitat World Urban Forum in June in Vancouver, B.C., including an architectural tour of the city and surrounding area.
To become a finalist, she needs to write a paper “as if I were persuading the city council to do this, emphasizing why this is important,” she wrote. She said her inspiration came from “Death and Life of Great American Cities,” by Jane Jacobs.
Saracino was one of the students in Rick Hauser's Architecture 302 class that recently presented ideas for rehabilitating a building in downtown Geneva. A story about their presentation was published in the Finger Lakes Times.
For details, visit http://www.berkeleyprize.org.