Hot on the tails of disaster relief architect Shigeru Ban being named the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize, the winners of the second annual Architizer A+ Awards have been revealed.

All 129 of them.

Spanning over 60 categories, the Architizer A+ Awards — billed as the “definitive global architectural award program” designed to “break architecture out of the echo chamber” — could be viewed as the Golden Globes to the Pritzker Prize’s Academy Awards. A somewhat weak analogy but it works: whereas the Pritzker Prize may be viewed as stuffy and exclusive, the A+ Awards is looser, louder, hipper, and doesn’t itself too incredibly seriously. It's also delightfully huge with an agressive social media presence and a lecture-free (!) gala leading up to NY Design Week in May.

So where to start in?

While many of the big-name winning projects fall under the building typology category (residential and office buildings, single family homes, museums, gardens, airports, hotels, restaurants, retail, etc.) it’s in the “Plus” category where things get really interesting — it's where many "young firms bubbling up from the underground" and decidedly more audacious projects (sea sponge-inspired skyscrapers, timber-clad meadow bridges, Chinese tricycle houses, etc) get an opportunity to shine.

Given that the Plus categories zero in on “the link between global issues and the structures that society builds,” it would make sense that a slew of sustainability-centric entries are recognized. Over at sister site TreeHugger, Lloyd Alter has wrangled up the top sustainable buildings appearing in the Architecture +Sustainability sub-category. One of the finalists, to no surprise, is Seattle’s deep, deep green Bullitt Center. However, Bercy Chen's Edgeland House in Austin took the most votes both from the A+ Awards' positively massive (over 300 people!) jury and through online popular voting. 

And then there’s the Architecture +Living Small sub-category:

The world is urbanizing and as a consequence cities are looking for new models of density. Submit projects that take on the idea of life within a small footprint. The judges will be looking for innovation within this area for judging.
Here’s a quick look at the small and space-concious winners, finalists, and special mentions in the Architecture +Living Small sub-category with links to the project profiles pages at Architizer. Congrats to all — keep it small!

Beyond the Hill, Yokohama-shi, Japan 

Acaa (2013)

Hut on Sleds, Whangapoua, New Zealand

Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects (2011) 

Mountain Cabin in Laternser Valley, Laterns, Austria — Jury Award

Marte Marte Architects (2011)

Portable Home APH80, Madrid  — Popular Award

ÁBATON Architects (2013)

More on APH80 here

Tree House, London

6a Architects (2013)

Special mentions: Pocket House, Belo Horizonte, Brazil — Cristina Menezes Arq. (Pictured below); Kubo House, Coquimbo, Chile — Alvaro Rojas Vio; Living Cube, Bern, Switzerland — Till Könneker; Coodo Mobile Living, Berlin —LTG Lofts to go GmbH & Co. KG (pictured at top of page); Living Workshop; Islington, U.K. —Ullmayer Sylvester Architects

All images via Architizer. Credits: Beyond the Hill: Acaa; Hut on Sleds: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects/Jackie Meiring; Mountain Cabin: Marte Marte Architects; Portable House APH80: ÁBATON Architects; Tree House: 6a Architects; Pocket House: Cristina Menezes Arq./Jomar Bragança

More Architizer A+ Awards winners, past and present, at MNN:

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

5 tiny big winners in the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards
A holiday hut from New Zealand and a prefab retreat from Spain are among the small-minded winners and finalist in the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards.