WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 4, 2022 – CRTKL’s CLIMATESCOUT, an open-source tool that seeks to help architects decide on potential design solutions with an understanding of climate and context, has been selected as a winner of Fast Company’s 2022 World-Changing Ideas Awards.
“What we’ve really tried to push is the importance of doing an appropriate climate analysis, which is now even more important than before,” says Pablo La Roche, associate vice president at CRTKL, who helped lead the creation of the free tool. “How we respond to [local] climate directly connects with the emissions from the building’s operation.” The app is the winner of the Large Business (1,000+ employees) category.
Another CRTKL submission, Residential Adaptive Reuse of Decommissioned Cruise Ships, was also selected as a finalist on the list. The idea stems from the unique opportunity created during the rapid increase in cruise ship decommissioning during 2020. By repurposing these ships for housing in existing port areas, cruise ships could offer an alternative mode of coastal living at a naturally affordable cost.
A panel of eminent Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from more than 2,997 entries across transportation, education, food, politics, technology, health, social justice and more. In addition, several new categories were added this year, including climate, nature, water and workplace. The 2022 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Switzerland to Hong Kong to Australia.