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Designs of the Times

The winners of this year’s fifth annual AZ awards competition are a collage of some of the brightest ideas from around the world. They reveal a refreshingly optimistic global vision of the not-too-distant future: architecture and design that serves multiple functions and meets diverse needs, and never forfeits beauty. Winning ideas include innovative residential housing in France that uses angles and odd symmetries to best utilize the light and shade of its environment; commercial community centers in Bangladesh that are open and capacious and are built with local materials; a single-family dwelling in Vietnam that borrows ideas from nature in order to work in harmony with it; and minimalist lighting fixtures that are enlightening in every sense of the word.

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