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“Next Generation” 2nd prize, Europe, 2011

Materials reuse and regional transformation scheme
Materials reuse and regional transformation scheme
Gijón / Xixón, Spain

The RE-converting project incorporates multifaceted architectural tools and concepts to generate a sustainable society based upon minimal human impact while also providing energy, employment, and welfare conditions for the people who live, work and play in the new community. 

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Elisa de los Reyes Garcia - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain Read more »

Gold, Africa Middle East, 2011 | Gold, 2012

Secondary school with passive ventilation system
Secondary school with passive ventilation system
Gando, Burkina Faso

The secondary school project uses traditional building materials and technologies and places great emphasis on actively involving the local population in the construction process. Locally-sourced clay is mixed with aggregates and cement to cast walls on-site based on a two-piece formwork. The school is exemplary in terms of its successful approach to the adaptive use of building materials, community development, climatic mitigation and aesthetics.

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Diébédo Francis Kéré - Kéré Architecture, Berlin, Germany Read more »

Gold, Latin America, 2008

Urban integration of an informal area
Urban integration of an informal area
Medellín, Colombia

Just a few years ago the city of Medellín was considered a center of violence and criminal activity. Now a fairytale transformation stands in its place. One of the catalysts for change is this project. Numerous measures and many stakeholders are involved in ensuring that the poorest receive only the best in infrastructure. 

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Gustavo Restrepo Lalinde - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano, Medelin, Colombia Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, North America, 2011

Energy neutral portable classroom
Energy neutral portable classroom
Honolulu, USA

This portable classroom uses highly prefabricated modules that can be assembled to create different sized units on location in Hawaii and elsewhere. Its design and construction principle is optimized for this purpose, applying light materials such as steel, rigid foam sandwich floor, wood framing, double wall metal cladding, FSC-certified engineered-wood boards and natural finished recycled rice straw panels. 

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Mark Anderson - Anderson Anderson Architecture, San Francisco, USA Read more »

Gold, Europe, 2011 | Bronze, 2012

Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct
Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct
Berlin, Germany

This project is located in the city center and turns an unused arm of the River Spree into a natural 745m “swimming pool”. The pool is the equivalent of 17 Olympic swimming pools and features a 780m-long reed bed filtration system. The Flussbad will have a strong impact on the quality of urban life.

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Tim Edler - realities:united, Berlin, Germany; Jan Edler - realities:united, Berlin, Germany Read more »

Bronze, Asia Pacific, 2011

Ecologically-designed retail and commercial building
Ecologically-designed retail and commercial building
Putrajaya, Malaysia

The 14-level commercial and retail building is located on the main boulevard of Malaysia’s planned city and federal administrative center, Putrajaya, 25km south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The building concept is based on a sophisticated, well-elaborated and integrative merger of eco-friendly state-of-the-art technologies appropriate for high quality use. 

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Ken Yeang - T. R. Hamzah & Yeang International Read more »

Gold, Latin America, 2011 | Silver, 2012

Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub
Urban remediation and civic infrastructure hub
São Paulo, Brazil

This project for a multifunctional public building is located in Grotão in the heart of the Paraisópolis favela of São Paolo. With more than 100,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest informal communities worldwide. Like many favelas, and despite its unusually central location, the area is effectively separated from the formal city and its social and cultural infrastructure.

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Alfredo Brillembourg - Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), São Paulo, Brazil; Hubert Klumpner - Urban-Think Tank (U-TT), São Paulo, Brazil Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, Europe, 2011 | Innovation 1st prize, 2012

High-efficiency concrete formwork technology
High-efficiency concrete formwork technology
Zurich, Switzerland

The Wasteless Free-Form Formwork construction technology combines existing processes and materials in a new way to fabricate non-repetitive free-form cast-on-site concrete structures using re-usable and digitally-fabricated wax formwork. 

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Matthias Kohler - Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, Africa Middle East, 2011

Urban precinct reconstruction and rehabilitation
Urban precinct reconstruction and rehabilitation
Fez, Morocco

The underlying goal of the Place Lalla Yeddouna project is to revitalize an historic hub in the urban structure of Fez’s UNESCO World Heritage medina with new constructions and cautious conservation of valuable historic buildings. The urban design embraces the previously negated river and renders it a determining urban element offering space along the river for social interaction. 

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Michel Mossessian - mossessian & partners, London, United Kingdom Read more »

Acknowledgement prize, Africa Middle East, 2011

Sustainable public eco-tourism facility
Sustainable public eco-tourism facility
Cape Town, South Africa

Located in the Cape Floral Region, the Oudebos Mountain Camp replaces an existing facility and aims to provide reconcilable facilities for sensitive eco-tourism. The project consists of five self-catering cabins and a small function room which are lightweight, stilted structures that integrate modestly into the surroundings.

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Andrew Justin Cooke - Architecture co-op, Cape Town, South Africa; Jessica Tami Cohen - Architecture co-op, Cape Town, South Africa Read more »
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