UN-sponsored Syria project by Ghassan Jansiz also in running for Beazley design gong

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Source: Iwan Baan/The Shed

Movable beast: Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s expandable New York venue The Shed

Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s flexible New York arts venue The Shed is pitched against a project to aid the homeless by UK architect Chris Hildrey and 6a Architects’ MK Gallery in this year’s Designs of the Year competition.

Chris Hildrey

Contender: RIBA Research Medal winner Chris Hildrey

The Design Museum awards, which count David Adjaye and Zaha Hadid among past winners, span architecture, fashion, consumer products and transport with an overall victor picked from category winners.

As well as DSR’s US$475m The Shed, this year’s architecture category includes Hildrey’s Proxy Address project, which aims to use the addresses of empty properties to help homeless people access vital public services.

The architecture shortlist also includes the Milton Keynes gallery designed by 6a in collaboration with artists Gareth Jones and Nils Norman.

Also nominated is the new roof for the ancient souk in Homs, Syria, designed by Ghassan Jansiz for the United Nations Development Programme, and commissioned to replace the historic market’s war-damaged original covering.

Awards contenders are the subject of an exhibition at the Design Museum that will run until February.

Category winners and the overall winner of the Beazley Design of the Year will be announced on November 21.

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6a Architects’ MK Gallery