By carolyn


For the third year in a row Metropolis magazine will host Game Changers – an annual event that coincides with the beloved January issue. This year, Metropolis is highlighting people, projects and ideas that made a difference in architecture, advocacy, planning, patronage, research, and history.  The event is free of charge and sponsored by Axor, Shaw Contract Group, Affordable Art Fair NY and the Brooklyn Brewery.

The named Game Changers 2013 are:  Sharon Davis and the Women of Rwanda, Edward Mazria, The Great Lakes Project, Jamie Gray of Matter, Dream:In, and Vincent Scully.  Metropolis magazine chose these Game Changers because they provided unique designs to not only make products, but to also better the community and break the path to real change in the world.

Sharon Davis, architecture, established a truly visionary facility in Kayonza, Rwanda. The total covered area stretches over 20,000 square feet. The roof material doubles as a rain collector. The structures are made of clay bricks, which were made by over 12,000 women who will later utilize this facility. Her platform is called women for women. Many other supports from around the world have flocked to help Davis because of this empowering project.

Edward Mazria, advocacy, attacked his own occupation. He claimed the increase in carbon emissions resulting in global warming stems from architectural design.

Phil Enquist, planning, wants to change the way the region around the Great Lakes operates. He strives to bring efficient, eco-friendly services to the area in hopes of saving the sources of 20% of the world’s fresh water supply.

Jamie Gray, patronage, is dubbed the “tastemaker”. He is the founder of Matter, a Manhattan-based stop filled with unique designs for furniture and lighting.

Dream:In, research, began with Sonia Manchanda, a co-founder of Idiom Design & Consulting, who started a mission to inspire lower socio-economic classes in India and lessen the limitations of the divide between the upper and lower classes. She conducted research and then gathered groups of students from all over India. After training students she sent them out in teams to help educate, motivate, and inspire the dreams of citizens.

Vincent Scully, history, teaches his students that architecture is more than buildings. He said, “the architect builds visible history”. Pulitzer prize-winning critic, Paul Goldberger, who authored a highly personal essay on Scully, will make a special guest appearance.

The celebration is a promising good time.

When: Thursday February 7, 2013 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: AXOR NYC, 29 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10014


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