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Press Kit | no. 661-53
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Architects grapple with some of the world’s most pressing challenges in the twelfth edition of the World Architecture Festival, the world’s biggest architectural awards programme, which announces its
Following the establishment of ‘Architects Declare’ a collective of some of the most renowned practices who have come together to announce a state of climate emergency, this year’s World Architecture Festival shortlisted entries include designs that demonstrate how buildings can play a major role in a
more sustainable future.
Amongst the shortlist is an eco-airport in Singapore designed by Safdie architects centred around a 15,000m2 state-of-the-art, indoor public garden, which features a 40-metre indoor waterfall falling through the centre of a doughnut-shaped glass roof, alongside 3,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs from around the globe. Dortheavej Residence by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group flies the flag for both affordable and sustainable modular housing in Copenhagen, shining a light on this nascent mode of construction which has the potential to offer much to the housing crisis. Whilst one of last year’s winners, Studio Gang, tackles environmental concerns at a volumetric level through its ‘Solstice on the Park’ project – a 26-storey residential tower in the USA optimised for environmental performance through angled window panels which are slanted inwards at 72 degrees—the precise angle at which the sun hits the Chicago skyline at the height of the summer solstice. In the culture category, Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects, heralds a new era of library design where traditional functions meet modern
technology, to create an almost zero-energy building with panoramic views.
The ‘Future Project: Experimental’ and ‘Future Project: Infrastructure’ categories also launched some exciting and innovative entries, including the proposal for a waterfront park in NYC, transforming oil tanks into community gardens, by STUDIO V Architecture, and the proposal for man-made, mid-bay barrier islands to act as a surge protection system for the Port of Houston, by Rogers Partners
Architects + Urban Designers.
Major world architects shortlisted include Zaha Hadid Architects, Heatherwick Studio, Bjarke Ingels Group, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Grimshaw and White Arkitekter. Many smaller practices will also take part to pitch against the big names. This year’s 534-strong shortlist, ranges from private residential, to education, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, cultural/civic, interior and landscape projects across 70 countries.
View a selection of images of highlight projects from the 2019 shortlist here
WAF will reconvene in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 4-6 December this year. This is the second time the event has been hosted in the Dutch capital, following previous editions in Barcelona, Singapore and Berlin.
The architects and designers behind each shortlisted project will compete for category prizes at WAF from 4-6 December. Presentations of the shortlisted designs will be made to more than 100 international juries in front of festival delegates. Category winners then compete against each other on the final day of the festival, to compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.
WAF programme director Paul Finch commented: “We have been inspired by the levels of innovation in this year’s entries, that show the incredible range of ways in which architects are responding to the global climate and biodiversity emergencies we face.
“WAF has attracted more than 1,000 entries, for the second year in a row, from 70 countries, and we look forward to more than 500 live presentations at the Festival in Amsterdam, showcasing these exemplar projects from around the world.”
The 2019 completed buildings ‘Super Jury’ which will decide the World Building of the Year, includes Aaron Betsky, President of Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; Anuradha Mathur, Professor at the Landscape Architecture Department School of Design, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia; and Maria Warner Wong, Design Director of WOW Architects & Warner Wong Design.
WAF and its co-located event, INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, will welcome more than 2,000 of the world’s leading architects and designers to Amsterdam for three days of conference programmes,
awards, exhibitions and fringe events from 4-6 December.
The full shortlist for this year's awards can be viewed here
For more details on the WAF Awards and the festival please visit: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com
Notes to Editors:
The 2019 awards programme received more than 1000 entries for the second year in a row. Architects and designers generated 534 shortlisted entries across 70 countries. Chinese practices submitted the most projects from any country, with a 68 per cent rise in entries from last year, with large increases also in Russia, which saw a 38 per cent rise, and India, which saw a 33 per cent rise. In Europe, the UK was again well represented, with Italy seeing a 57 per cent rise in entries.
The top 5 countries entering WAF 2019 are:
• China and Hong Kong
• United States
About World Architecture Festival (WAF)
WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.
WAF is the world’s largest annual, international, live architectural event. It includes the biggest international architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live
presentations to an audience of high-profile delegates and international juries.
The 2019 World Architecture Festival (WAF) comprises:
- A thematic conference programme (this year based on the theme ‘flow’)
- Electronic gallery of all Award entries
- Exhibition area
- Live judging of finalists’ projects
- Architectural tour programme
- Networking and social events including partner fringe events
- Gala Awards Dinner
INSIDE World Festival of Interiors runs alongside WAF, with its own awards and conference programme.
Delegates have access to both events.
WAF and INSIDE are organised by EMAP, publishers of The Architectural Review and The Architects’ Journal.
Shortlisted entrants will compete for category prizes on the first two days of the three-day Festival, which will take place in Amsterdam on the 4th, 5th and 6th December 2019. On the final day, category
winners will present again to ‘super-juries’ of experienced and respected judges, who will decide on the World Building of the Year, Future Project and Completed Building of the Year Awards.
WAF Award categories:
• Civic - Future Projects
• Commercial Mixed-Use - Future Projects
• Competition Entries - Future Projects
• Culture - Future Projects
• Education - Future Projects
• Experimental - Future Projects
• Health - Future Projects
• House - Future Projects
• Infrastructure - Future Projects
• Leisure-led Development - Future Projects
• Masterplanning Future - Future Projects
• Office - Future Projects
• Residential - Future Projects
• Civic and Community - Completed Building
• Culture - Completed Buildings
• Display - Completed Buildings
• Health - Completed Buildings
• Higher Education & Research - Completed Buildings
• Hotel & Leisure - Completed Buildings
• House - Completed Buildings
• Housing - Completed Buildings
• Mixed-use - Completed Buildings
• New & Old - Completed Buildings
• Office - Completed Buildings
• Production, Energy & Recycling - Completed Buildings
• Religion - Completed Buildings
• School - Completed Buildings
• Shopping - Completed Buildings
• Sport - Completed Buildings
• Transport - Completed Buildings
• Villa - Completed Buildings
• Landscape – Rural Projects
• Landscape – Urban Projects
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