World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event, is returning to Barcelona for its fourth successive year. And the organisers have today unveiled the super-jury, who will cast their vote on the World Building of the Year at the WAF Awards, which take place during the Festival. This year’s super-jury comprises Michael Sorkin, principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, New York; Ben van Berkel, Co-founder of UNStudio, Rotterdam; Jo Noero, Principal of Noero Wolff Architects, Cape Town; Odile Decq, Principal of ODBC, Paris; and Professor Kongjian Yu, Principal of Turenscape, Beijing, a double category winner in previous WAF awards.
WAF is a key event in the global architectural calendar following the inaugural event in 2008, and has since has attracted more than 5,000 delegates from around the world.
Renowned as one of the world’s greatest cities for architecture, Barcelona will again play host to WAF which this year takes place from 2nd to 4th November 2011. The Festival will include a packed programme of presentations, seminars, exhibitions, and keynote addresses from international participants, and a student competition.
The WAF Awards, the largest architectural awards programme in the world, will again be at the heart of the Festival. Past entrants have ranged from renowned global architectural firms to small practices (unknown outside their own country). All compete as equals in presenting their designs on a global stage. The interactive format involves shortlisted entrants presenting their projects live to international judging panels and Festival delegates.
In 2011 the awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Structural Design, and Future Projects (for designs in progress). Each section includes up to 16 categories.
This year’s talks progamme will focus on ‘Difference’, and how architects have responded to political, cultural, ethnic, gender, social and economic differences across the world.
The ‘Difference’ thematic feature and speaker programme will also include case studies showing how materials, construction techniques and software programs are making a difference to way in which architects think about design.
Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director said: “WAF is a truly international event. It is a unique meeting point for the architectural community to showcase projects, hear inspirational speakers and compete for a WAF Award. It brings together influential designers and provides an important showcase of what’s going on in the world of architecture, inspiring architects to think in new ways, not just about buildings, but about collaboration with clients and other professionals.
We are delighted to welcome five valued and experienced members from the design community to form the super-jury at WAF and look forward to seeing the exceptional projects that they will be judging”.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Festival Period: 2 – 4 November 2011
Michael Sorkin | principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, New York
Ben van Berkel | Co-founder of UNStudio, Rotterdam
Jo Noero | Principal of Noero Wolff Architects, Cape Town
Odile Decq | Principal of ODBC, Paris
Professor Kongjian Yu | Principal of Turenscape, Beijing
Deadline for entries: 1 April | all entries and visitor passes buy one get one free until 30 June 2011
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