World Architecture Festival 2011

Author: Mieke, Posted: March 31st, 2011

World Architecture Festival (WAF), the world’s largest, live, inclusive and interactive global architecture event, is returning to Barcelona for its fourth successive year. Calling architects from all over the globe, the search begins for the best buildings in the world: World Architecture Festival Awards opens for entries!

WAF Awards
The search has once again begun to find the best buildings in the world as the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2011, the world’s largest architectural awards programme, opens for entries 1st April. Deadline for entries is 30th June 2011.

Save 25% on all WAF entries and visitor passes now!– that’s a saving up to €142.50 per entry. Plus! this year all WAF entries and visitor passes are buy one get one free.
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Architects from around the globe are invited to follow in the footsteps of last year’s World Building of the Year winner – Zaha Hadid Architects, MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts – and submit entries to find the best examples of new world architecture.
The WAF Awards embrace a range of entrants, from leading global architectural firms to small practices (unknown outside their own country), competing as equals on a global stage. More than 500 entries were received last year from more than 55 different countries.

MAXXI National Museum
Every project entered is showcased in the Festival gallery for delegates, architects, clients and critics to see at WAF. Shortlisted entrants present their projects live to international judging panels and delegates during the Festival, which takes place in Barcelona from 2nd- 4th November 2011, as they compete for a coveted WAF Award.
The Awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Structural Design, and Future Projects (for designs in progress). Each section includes up to 15 categories in order to maximise the opportunity to enter. There are a total of 30 awards to be won.

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;
Professor Kongjian Yu, Principal of Turenscape, Beijing, a double category winner in previous WAF awards.

Barcelona, 2-4 November 2011
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. 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.

Theme: Difference
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 of 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:
“The World Architecture Festival Awards celebrate the achievements of a huge variety of architectural practices. Unsung local buildings take on internationally acclaimed projects in what is the world’s biggest architecture contest. We are once again looking forward to presenting prizes that are internationally recognised by architects and clients alike.”

Contact & links
WAF takes place in Barcelona, 2 – 4 November 2011
Entries open 1 April – 30 June 2011
Use the code MPEMAIL to receive 25% extra discount on the web
Download the WAF 2011 launch brochure for full information.
For more information visit: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

World Architecture Festival 2011 is promoted by MIMOA – the online architecture guide. Do you also want MIMOA as a media partner for your event? Contact us, and hear all about our reach.

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