The Hague/Brussels, 20 March 2014 – The winners of the 2014 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are unveiled today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra. The 27 laureates, selected from 160 nominated projects across 30 countries, are honoured for achievements in four areas: conservation; research; dedicated service; education, training and awareness-raising. The award ceremony will take place on 5 May at the Burgtheater in Vienna, under the patronage of the President of Austria, Heinz Fischer. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the internationally-renowned opera singer and President of Europa Nostra, will jointly present the awards. Six of the winners will be named as Grand Prix laureates, receiving €10 000 each, and one will receive the Public Choice Award, chosen in an online poll conducted by Europa Nostra. As well as celebrating excellence in cultural heritage work, the Prize aims to promote high-quality skills and standards in conservation.
The issues of suburbia, the everyday, creating better public spaces for everybody, not only in the city centers, seem more pressing than ever for many reasons: the environmental effects of our building and transport patterns, an aging housing mass, a changing demography with shrinking households, the need to be attractive to compete with other cities and regions, etc. Despite many visions, competitions and initiatives, there are still many unanswered questions when it comes to the suburbs and everyday spaces.. Try to find good examples, it can be quite hard, and often what you come up with are the usual suspects. However, many suburban projects in suburbs are on now on their way and for good reason as more than half the population either live or work in the suburbs.
I must admit that I find the everyday spaces of the suburbs…
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Since its first edition, the Barcelona International Landscape Biennial has expressed its desire to intently study and discuss landscape interventions, as much from the perspective of landscape architecture as from other disciplines that are linked to its study and evolution.
The Biennial has been consolidated on a European scale in its seven previous editions : “Remaking Landscapes” (1999), “Gardens in Arms” (2001), “Only with Nature” (2003), “Landscape: a Product / a Production” (2006), “Storm & stress” (2008) , “Liquid Landscape” (2010) and “Biennial versus Biennial” (2012). And also on an international scale in the lasts edition as we have focused on the contemporary international landscapes thanks to its Rosa Barba landscape prize.
On the 25 th, 26 th and 27 th September 2014, Barcelona will open itself to landscape in a symposium adapted to contemporary circumstances. During these three days, the calendar will include talks, presentations by those finalists competing for the 8th “Rosa Barba” Landscape Award, papers, roundtable discussions, exhibitions and samples from which we will be able to track and discuss the evolution of landscape design in Europe.
The Biennial is organized by the Association of Architects of Catalonia (COAC) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Master in Landscape Architecture).
One year more Barcelona will host the International Exposition of University Projects in the Schools of Architecture and Landscape. The organizing committee considers that the participation of the didactic works remarkably contributes to enrich the debate on landscaping. For this reason, we further encourage the acceptance of our invitation to this call, promoting the most valuable projects of your school.
It is in our best interest to stress the submission of those that you consider the most interesting projects of the last two years, that can represent both works of investigation and design of your school.
A selection of these projects will be part of an exhibition, that will be celebrated in the Technical School Superior of Architecture of Barcelona, from the 26th September till the 11 th October 2012. As well as in the past, the exhibition will be visited by several European universities.
The organizing committee of the International Exhibition of University Projects in Schools of Architecture and Landscape, through an international jury, will award the winning school with a prize to the best project presented. Moreover, all that works that will be considered remarkable for the treated themes and their solutions will receive a special mention.
All the projects that will be shown in the exhibition are subject to the a selection carried out by the organizing committee.
Set of rules
A maximum of 10 and not less than 3 projects that develop the theme of landscape in a very wide meaning, from ecology to urban public space, will be accepted on behalf of the students of each school.
Documentation to be submitted:
a) Technical dossier:
A4 template sheet with the following information:
– Title of the project (objectives, site)
– Authors (students name)
– Title of the course (subject, study, diploma and grade, workshop, research)
– Academic year
– Teaching staff (Names of professors and tutors)
– Department / Section / Program of belonging
– University / School
– Written statement, that includes a short description of the project in English,
no more than 250 words.
b) Graphic documentation:
– Front page: 1 panel, Din A3 landscape format
– 3 panels, Din A3 format, presented horizontally, that include:
– General plan of situation
– Plan of location
– Project: plans, sections, details…
– Projectual processes: sketches, schemes, notes…
– Images: aerial photographs, views, renders, photomontages, photos of
scale models, collages…
Date and place of delivery
The deadline for the delivery of projects is May 23th, 2014
The documentation must be submitted by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Goula, Ph.D. architect and Vice Dean for International Relations ETSAB (UPC)
Jordi Bellmunt, architect and director of the Master of Landscape Architecture DUOT (UPC)
Anna Zahonero, biology professor and the Master of Landscape Architecture DUOT (UPC)
Sara Bartumeus, architect and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
Marina Cervera Alonso de Medina, architect and landscaper. IFLA EU Secretary General
Alfred Fndz de la Reguera, architect and former member of the board of the Association of Friends of the UPC
Manuel Ruisánchez, architect, member at COAC and professor of the Master of Landscape Architecture DUOT (UPC)
Jordi Sardà, PhD architect and professor of the Master of Landscape Architecture DUOT (UPC)
Máster de Arquitectura del Paisaje – DUOT – Bajos
ETSAB – Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona
Avenida Diagonal, 649
08028 Barcelona – España
Tel. (de 10:00 a 14:00): T.+34 93 552 08 42 /+34 93 401 64 11