March 16, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The International Urban Landscape Award 2007 will honour a groundbreaking, newly designedor redeveloped urban space. Relevant urban design projects will be considered, including residential blocks or mixed-use areas, neighborhood developments, estates, and urban districts. Sustainable and innovative contributions to town planning and to the economically and socially viable city of the future are required.
Also sought are urban design solutions for the challenges of dynamic population development andchanging economies, creative concepts for social and economic integration within the city and itsdistricts, as well as energy-efficient building and resource-optimized construction. Submissionsshould foster the citizens identification with their city while respecting historical roots and the changing globalized world.
This competition is in recognition of public and private commitment to the improvement of the urban environment and continuing development of the city.
Applications for the International Urban Landscape Award 2007 will be accepted from private and public clients or investors, planners, landscape architects and architects as well as community organizations. Participants should not be in the full-time employment of, or be related in any way to the sponsor or any member of the jury. The sponsor retains the right to involve a separate group of suitably qualified specialists to evaluate the entries in preparation for the work of the competition jury.
Illustration of the project should be concise yet descriptive, and should include two plans in A1 format and landscape format. Also included should be explanatory text, a maximum of three A4 pages. One plan should illustrate the design, the other should explain any freely selected aspects of the project using perspectives, sketches, photographs, etc. Both plans must be rolled for submission, not folded. Additionally, a CD with printable PDF files of both plans should be sent to the organizer separately. The CD shall also include a selection of no more than ten photographs with a resolution of 300dpi on 240 mm width, including corresponding captions and explanatory text. Both submissions must be clearly marked with an identical code number.
The entrants assure that they own the copyright for the submitted photos. The organizer mayuse the submitted documents for the competition documentation, online and in print. Presentationof the material is also planned at www.iula.com,www.perfectcity.net as well as www.topos.de and www.awmagazin.de.
The competition language is English. Submissions will not be returned.
The project should make a significant contribution to urban development, enhance the urban environment, with particular focus on exemplary public and publicly accessible open spaces. Above all, urban designs are sought that offer new provisions for recreation, transportation, culture, social life and flexible use. Adaptability to demographic change is a further requirement. Creative proposals for energy-efficient and resource-efficient buildings are expected.
The project should expand the self-perception of urban society beyond its immediate neighbourhood.
The project must have been completed no earlier than 2000. For projects with several constructionphases, this applies to the main parts.
The International Urban Landscape Award 2007 will be awarded for a project implemented in EU countries including Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
The expert jury will decide by majority vote, and all decisions of the jury are final. The members of the jury are:
*Henri Bava, Landscape Architect, Paris, France, and Professor at Universitt Karlsruhe, Germany
*Kathryn Firth, Architect, Urban Planner, Senior Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox and Visiting Lecturer at the Architectural Association in London, UK
*Barbara Friedrich, Editor-in-Chief, A&W Architektur &Wohnen, Hamburg, Germany
*Walter Hood, Landscape Architect and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
*Bart Lootsma, Professor of Architecture Theory at Leopold-Franzens-Universitt, Innsbruck, Austria
*Robert Schfer, Editor-in-Chief, Topos, Munich, Germany; Alfonso Vegara, Professor, Architect, City Planner, President of Metropoli Foundation, and Immediate Past President of ISOCARP, Madrid, Spain
The award comes with 50,000 Euro prize money. The prize money should benefit the community inwhich the winning project is located. The community, in agreement with the clients and architects involved, will decide what the prize money is spent on. The jury can nominate up to five submitted projects for the final decision. All nominees receive a special commendation.
Entries must be received by 31 May 2007 and sent to:
Ms Imke Schiller, Marketing
65760 Eschborn, Germany
Questions may also be directed to Ms Schiller at IULA@eurohypo.com
The awards ceremony will be a festive event held at the end of September 2007 in Frankfurt, Main, Germany.