World Architecture Festival Awards 2013
Publisert: 03.06.2013 12:30.
Sist endret: 03.06.2013 12:47.
Entries pouring in for World Architecture Festival Awards 2013
- A week left to submit your entry for the chance to be awarded the world’s best new building
With the deadline fast approaching on 10 June, entries are pouring in for the world’s largest live and truly global architectural awards programme - the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards, which take place in Singapore from 2 – 4 October 2013.
The festival’s organiser’s, i2i Events Group, have already seen projects submitted from as far afield as New Zealand and Denmark, via Mexico and Azerbaijan. The geographic spread of entries is further complemented by the variety of projects, from a Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in New York to a Community Centre for Youth Support in Belgium via a 'Tent House' in New Zealand.
Entries from several emerging markets are already up substantially this year, with projects from Malaysia (up 300%), Vietnam (up 40%) and Mexico (up 33%) when compared to last year, reflecting the construction surge in these locations. The organisers have also received entries from several countries that were absent from last year’s festival awards, including Azerbaijan and the Dominican Republic. Despite the depressed construction sectors in several established European economies, a significant increase in entries has been seen in Germany and the Netherlands, with entries of projects in Italy up 600%.
Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director said: «As the World Architecture Festival continues to grow in scale, scope and stature, so too does the quality of award entries we receive. The truly global nature of the festival is reflected by the huge number of project countries, which demonstrate the demand for innovative architectural design across the world despite the continued economic uncertainty. With the deadline fast approaching, we’re calling on all practices to get their entries in so that they are in contention for winning one of the most coveted prizes in architecture – The World Building of the Year award.»
The WAF awards are renowned for their highly innovative format which allows a range of entrants, from leading global architectural firms to small practices, to compete as equals on a global stage. All shortlisted entrants present their work live to WAF’s esteemed panel of international judges in over 300 public crits. Entries have already been received from practices including Weiss/Manfredi Architects, WOHA, Ronald Lu and Partners, Eight Inc., Turenscape and Nikken Sekkei.
The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event, is returning for its sixth successive year. Building on last year’s successful relocation from Barcelona to Singapore, the festival will once again be taking place at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands resort. The festival is being held in association with Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA)’s month long celebration of architecture, Archifest.
The WAF Awards sit at the heart of the festival, and will see practices from around the world compete across 29 individual award categories for global recognition. Competing across three category groups of completed buildings, landscape projects and future projects, previous WAF Award entrants have ranged from renowned global architectural firms to small local practices.
Architects of every shortlisted project are invited to attend the festival to give a live presentation to a panel of judges, asserting their case for why their project should win. The winners of each category are put forward to compete for the coveted World Building of the Year award, presided over by the festival’s ‘super-jury’, with the presentation of the award being the culmination of WAF 2013.
World Architecture Festival is collocated with INSIDE World Festival of Interiors www.insidefestival.com. INSIDE celebrates the world’s finest interiors of the last year and also has at its heart a live international awards programme. The entries deadline for the INSIDE Festival Awards is also 10 June.
For more information visit: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com