9 November, 2018: Hanley Wood has announced the honorees of the HIVE 50 Innovator Awards.
“HIVE continues to stimulate new ideas and shape the future of housing, this year’s HIVE 50 Honorees feature an amazing group of people, products, and processes that are transforming the conversation with forward-thinking ideas and innovative approaches.” - Peter Goldstone, CEO of Hanley Wood
“The HIVE 50 Honorees represent the absolute pinnacle of creativity and technology applied brilliantly to the challenges facing the housing community. These innovators are solving problems we never before imagined we could address, pointing the way for growth and transformation for the future.” - John McManus, Vice President, Editorial Director for the Residential Group, Hanley Wood
"LifeArk is a physical solution to vulnerable human living conditions caused by climate change, natural disasters, armed conflict, and economic disparity through a pre-fabricated, modular building system that can create self-sustaining aquatic or terrestrial communities. " - Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge 2017 Semifinalist
The Buckminster Fuller Challenge program has been highlighting and celebrating exceptional examples of “whole systems” design across many sectors for the past 10 years. Launched in 2007, the program has been widely regarded as "socially-responsible design’s highest award".
“LifeArk has presented an innovative way to address the needs of our most vulnerable populations. They understand we do not have a homeless problem; we have a housing problem. Their innovative way to address the high cost of housing is a game changer for years to come."
-Paul Leon, Illumination Foundation CEO & President
LifeArk exists to create safe, sustainable and affordable homes for people living in low-income, marginalized communities around the world.
The daily life of one family dedicated to the indigenous people along the Amazon river of Santa Rosa Island was the catalyst for LifeArk.
With houses built on stilts, here was a community spending eight months of the year battling flooding (with water levels fluctuating up to 8 meters)—trapped in a cycle of poverty generation after generation.
As architects we sought to solve this fundamental problem through good design—a process through which we realized there was a global crisis.