The Blue Award is a biennial, international student competition and awards projects addressing the topic of sustainability in the academic fields of architecture, regional planning and urbanism. The economical, cultural and social dimensions of sustainable development should be equal in significance to the classical problems of technique and function.
The competition is an open invitation to future-oriented and sustainable solutions. How will our built environment present itself in the coming years? Not a one-dimensional approach leads to results, but rather a comprehensive view of the tasks at hand is necessary in order to provide solutions and protect an environment worth experiencing.
The Blue Award 2012 is making its second appearance as an anonymous, international, single-phase competition, and is intended for students of architecture, regional planning and urbanism. 163 projects from 86 faculties and architecture schools spread across 49 countries were submitted for the first edition, Blue Award 09.
Kick Off Event of May 31, 2011
The Kick Off Event of May 31, 2011 (11:00 am) at the Vienna University of Technology (Kuppelsaal) gives the winners of the first competition the opportunity to present their works – some of their designs were built.
The Blue Award 2012 will be handed out in three categories.
The Blue Award 2012 will particularly emphasize and support architectural efforts in hot and dry climates. Projects located in crisis areas and in areas environmentally threatened will be given special consideration. This, however, forms no grounds for exclusion or discrimination of projects that deal with other topics in sustainability.
Participants can submit projects in the following three categories:
Category 1 – Urban Development and Transformation, Landscape Development
Category 2 – Ecological Building
Category 3 – Building in Existing Structures
In February 2012, a jury of international experts (including honorary chair Sir Michael Hopkins) will take place on April 26, 2012 at the Vienna University of Technology.
Honorary President of the Jury
Architect Sir Michael Hopkins
Arch. Albert Dubler
Member of the UIA, represented by its Vice President
Arch. Dominique Gauzin-Müller
Journalist of architecture and specialist for sustainability
Prof. Rudolf Scheuvens
Professor of Regional Planning, TU Vienna
Arch. Dominique Alba
Urban Planner and Director of Pavillon de l´Arsenal Paris
Arch. Nikos Fintikakis
Architect and Director UIA work program ARES
Presider and Moderator of Jury (not entitled to vote)
Dr. Robert Korab
Prize sum of 20,000.- Euros
The prize sum of 20,000.- Euros will be divided by the jury among the three categories of the competition. The jury may decide upon a number of honorable mentions. In a special exhibition and a printed publication, the best award entries will be presented.
31.05.2011 Kick Off Event
31.05.2011 Start of Registration
01.10.2011 Start of Submissions
01.02.2012 End of Submissions
Terms of Eligibility will be available on May 31th, 2011. Visit the Award's official website http://www.blueaward.at