Shortlist for Cityscape awards released
Dubai, September 21, 2011
Over 300 architecture and design entries were submitted for the Cityscape Awards for architecture in emerging markets, the results of which will be announced this month.
The winners of the competition will be announced in a ceremony held at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on September 27.
The shortlist for the Cityscape Awards for architecture in emerging markets has been released with projects from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, India and China making the cut.
The Cityscape Awards were founded as a platform to reward excellence in architecture and design from emerging regions of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia (excluding Japan, New Zealand and Australia) as well as to recognise projects that have shown outstanding design, performance, vision and achievement in key areas of architecture.
An internationally acclaimed panel of judges, including Rashad M. Bukhash, director of the Architectural Heritage Department, Dubai Municipality; Dr Sadek Owainati, co-founder and board member of Emirates Green Building Council; Lee Sang-Leem, president of the Federation of Institutes of Korean Architects and the Korean Institute of Architects judged the entries.
Nadine Al Bitar, advisor to Abu Dhabi Municipality and one of the UAE-based judges, said: “Architecture is gaining ground in the emerging markets because developers and master real estate companies are realising the importance of high quality design.”
“The increasing exposure of the consulting industry to alternative architectural visions and the support of visionary public environment are going to further push the traditional boundaries of design disciplines. At the same time, lack of funding will contribute to innovative solutions that will maximise the design quality while minimising its cost effects,” she said.
“Most of the award entries shared an understanding of the importance of functional design and a serious attempt to efficiently minimise resources needed. The use of innovative building technologies proved that efficiency and functionality is creative because of the unusual solutions it leads to in terms of volumetric play and façade architectural elements,” she added.
Chris Speller, group exhibition director, Cityscape, said: “The objective of the awards is to acknowledge the significant developments in architecture across the emerging world as well as to recognise the exciting and innovative projects that are underway.”
The awards headline sponsors for this year include Boomerang Parking Systems, Only Glass Media Facade GMBH and Siemens. – TradeArabia News Service