The jury has of The Green Architecture Competition announced the winners of the competition. In two categories de jury awarded three projects with a First Prize and awarded one project with a honourable mention. The proposals of the prize winners and their fellow finalists are on display till July 22, at The Green Collective Exposition. This exposition also showcases the finalist of The Green Design Competition and The Green Fashion Competition. The international competition is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) and the NAI. In two categories international architects, urban planners and landscape architects are challenged to contribute to maintaining and improving biodiversity through creative and innovative designs.
In the category Design & Development the jury awarded Noémie Benoit from France for her proposal The Port Authority Bus Terminal re-opens in 2030. The jury called this entry a ground breaking and innovative proposal that proves to be an integral project: "An excellent design research into the complex relationships between biodiversity and architecture".
In the category Concept & Strategy the jury has decided that there were two entries that stood out from the rest. These two projects have both been awarded with the first prize. Besides that, the jury has given an honourable mention to one of the other contestants. The team of .FABRIC, LOLA Landscape Architecture and Studio 1:1 were awarded the Fist Prize for their proposal The Ecological Energy Network. "A very interesting proposal on the scale of the Netherlands in which a very clear problem is exposed and reversed to an opportunity in an equally powerful and simple way", the jury said. In addition, the market serves as support for the development of biodiversity. The alliance needed for this, has already been put together by the team.
The second First Prize was for the team of Jacques Vink, Piet Vollaard, Ward Mouwen and Ariënne Boelens who submitted the proposal 7 Seasons. The jury speaks of a balanced proposal that rolls out a long-term strategy locally to enhance biodiversity. It also promotes social cohesion through the efforts of local residents and the interventions that are needed for biodiversity to improve to the environment.
The jury awarded Ton Matton with a honourable mention for his proposal The Free Range Urban Biotope. The jury found this a provocative proposal on biodiversity that will result a shift in the debate on the development of (urban) space in a political, economic and social aspect.
The Green Collective Exposition
After the award ceremony, The Green Collective Exposition was opened. This exhibition showcases the proposals of the finalists of The Green Architecture Competition, as well as the entries of the finalists of The Green Design Competition (organised by Dutch Design Week) and The Green Fashion Competition (organised by Amsterdam Fashion Week). The exposition shows a first overview of the ideas of talented designers whom all designed for the maintenance and improvement of biodiversity. The exposition is on display till July 22, at Umsjatka Studios at the Brouwersgracht 130-134 in Amsterdam. Entrance for the exposition is free.
The Green Collective is an overarching and interdisciplinary organization, initiated by Amsterdam Fashion Week (AFW) and made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, in collaboration with Dutch Design Week and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. The Green Collective organises three industry-related business competitions in the creative industry with the aim to stimulate a shift to a more ecological economy.
The jury of The Green Architecture Competition consisted of:
In addition, Johan van Lierop, an associate with Studio Daniel Libeskind and owner of Architales, is the ambassador of the competition.
About The Green Architecture Competition
The Green Architecture Competition is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of EL&I and the NAI, aimed at underlining the importance of biodiversity in the architecture industry. In the past decade sustainability has become more and more integrated into architecture. Biodiversity however has been given little to no attention, although biodiversity is of vital importance to all of us. The last decades show a decreasing biodiversity; in other words, more and more species disappear. As a result all kinds of ecosystems are slowly or rapidly changing. These developments do no not solely affect the species involved. Many economic activities which apparently seem to have no relationship to biodiversity will be affected in the long run. That is why we have to maintain and improve our biodiversity. Architecture stands for a major challenge to positively contribute to this process.
For more information concerning The Green Architecture Competition please visit: www.thegreenarchitecturecompetition.com.