miercuri, 12 noiembrie 2008

MIPIM’s ‘drawing-board’ awards set for seventh successful year: Architectural Review continues search for the icon of tomorrow

For the seventh year running the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards competition, which brings good quality architectural design centre stage at the annual property conference in Cannes, has opened its call for entries, with the final deadline announced as 21 November 2008.

The Architect’s own international awards scheme, which celebrates excellence in design whether for projects on the drawing board which may never be realised, through to projects where construction may have commenced, has created the showpiece design event during the MIPIM conference and exhibition.

However, often the ‘drawing board’ is not where the story stops, and previous years have celebrated designs which has since come to fruition as high profile, iconic buildings, including 2003’s Best of Show winner, Foster + Partner's 30 St Mary Axe, London and 2005’s Retail category winner, the Citroën showroom Champs-Elysees, Paris, by Manuelle Gautrand.

Last year’s winners included projects in Kuwait, Libya, India, the UK, Czech Republic, Poland and Iran, with winning practices including Gary Haney and SOM for the Al Hamra Firdous Tower, Kuwait City; Schmidt Hammer Lassen for Amazon Court, Prague, Czech Republic; and Ash Sakula Architects for St Botolphs Cultural Quarter, Colchester, UK.

The call for entries for the 2009 Awards has now been issued, with nominations welcome in the following categories:

• Big urban projects
• Regeneration and masterplanning
• Tall buildings
• Mixed use
• Offices
• Residential
• Retail and leisure

There will also be an additional Sustainability prize awarded to one project entered in any of the above categories, and an Overall Winner award will also be announced from among the prize winners. Neither of these categories can be entered separately.

Speaking about the awards scheme, 2008’s “Mixed Use” category winner Robert Sakula of Ash Sakula Architects said, “Winning the award has been a fantastic boost in upping our profile with both old and new clients, and it has also been a huge boost for our winning project, giving it added status and credibility even before a brick is laid”.

Meanwhile, Rich Naish of RTA Studio said, “It was an honour for our practice to receive a commendation in the MIPIM AR Future Projects Awards 08. Particularly for a New Zealand practice, it was a great experience having a project measured against a world platform of un-built projects. The awards evening was an excellent opportunity to met other competing architects and the judges. Our project is almost complete now and has enjoyed some great exposure as a result of the awards programme”. RTA were commended in the Mixed Use category for their Ironbank project.

Paul Finch, The Architectural Review comments, “The calibre of entries is always high, with schemes showcasing fine architecture and a successful response to the client brief, and also clearly demonstrating how they will impact and contribute to the communities around them. It’s a joy to celebrate some of the highest standards in architectural design during the world’s most important commercial property conference and exhibition.”

The MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards was established eight years ago to raise the bar for good quality design in the built environment, and unusually the competition was open to projects either on the drawing board or under construction. The Awards are open to Developers, funders, architects, contractors and others who can demonstrate their involvement in the submission.

An international jury, chaired by Paul Finch of the Architectural Review, will be announced shortly.

The Awards will be presented during a special celebratory dinner held in Cannes on 11 March 2009 during the MIPIM market, an event that has become one of the hot ticket evenings of MIPIM week. There will also be a permanent exhibition of all entrants on display, and all winning and commended schemes will be published in the official catalogue which is distributed to all registered MIPIM delegates.

The MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Awards are organised in participation with Emap Construct, and are supported by Chapman Taylor, Gardiner & Theobold and Protek.

Further details including full entry criteria are available at www.arplus.com/MIPIM


For further information, please contact
Tony Nokling at FD on + 00 44 (0)20 7269 9359

Tony Nokling
Vice President
FD Corporate

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