Dubai to host ‘global’ architectural awards
Dubai, August 2, 2010
Projects with outstanding creative design, performance, sustainability and vision across Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia will vie for top honours at the first 'Cityscape Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets' to be held in Dubai.
The architecture awards are being held in conjunction with the leading real estate investment and development event Cityscape Global, which runs from October 4 to 7 at Dubai International Exhibition Centre. The deadline for entries is August 15.
A distinguished panel of industry experts will announce the winners during a gala dinner at The Grand Hyatt, Dubai on October 5. The winners of this year’s awards will be recognised for their outstanding achievement on both built and planned projects around the world.
“Emerging markets are providing much of the dynamism in the global real estate markets at the moment. Economic sentiment is more bullish than in the more mature Western markets and it is against that backdrop of confidence and optimism that we will celebrate excellence in architectural design,” said Chris Speller, group director for Cityscape.
Entries will be separated into built, or completed, projects and future projects, which must either have the client named or planning permission granted, across the commercial / mixed use, community (including religious and public buildings), leisure, residential and tourism, travel and transport sectors.
“In line with the increasing international participation in the Cityscape Global exhibition and conferences, we are experiencing a significant increase in this year’s entries from overseas emerging real estate markets”, added Speller.
This year will also see six special categories, including the Young Architect Award, open to students of architecture, landscape, urban design, interior design or other design related programmes, in the UAE.
“We want to encourage local students and provide a platform to showcase their talent. Whether they have a flair for designing public spaces, new buildings or entire cities, this award aims to find and reward the most innovative plans,” Speller observed.
The remaining special awards comprise:
*The Environmental Award – to the one built scheme that delivers best on environmental issues
*The Islamic Architecture Award – for the project which shows particular empathy and understanding for Islamic culture and context
*The Master Planning Award – for the best master planned community
*The Cultural Heritage Award – for the scheme that best preserves the intangible attributes that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations
*The Industry Choice Award – the most popular project as voted for by visitors of Cityscape Global
Cityscape is the largest business-to-business real estate investment and development brand in the world, encompassing a series of major exhibitions and conferences that take place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi; Asia; Saudi Arabia; USA and Latin America.-TradeArabia News Service