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The Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environmen
Start Date 14/03/2008
End Date 17/04/2008
Location Berlin 
Country Germany 
Description Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Duration: 14 March 2008 – 17 April 2008
Opening: Friday, 14 March 2008, 18.30 h
Times: Tue-Fri 11-18.30 h, Sat-Sun 13-17 h

This exhibition features the outcome of the Zumtobel Group Award, bestowed for the first time in September 2007 and scheduled to be conferred biannually in the future. This architectural prize, initiated by the Zumtobel Group and conceptualized by Aedes, is designed to promote sustainable and humanitarian approaches to architecture and the built environment as well as innovative research projects in this field. Presented will be prize-winning projects from the award categories “The Built Environment” and “Research and Initiative.” Presented in detail alongside the two prizewinning projects (namely the San Francisco Federal Building by Pritzker prizewinner Thom Mayne, and the solar chimney power plant by Schlaich Bergermann Solar) will be eight projects that were singled out by the jury for special mention.

Both exhibition and publication have received support from the Raiffeisen Zentralbank in Austria in the framework of their sponsorship of sustainability initiatives.

The traveling exhibition was shown already in November 2007 at the corporate headquarters in Dornbirn. Additional venues include of the Zumtobel “Light Centres” in London, Rome, New York and Sydney, as well as the Thorn Academy of Light in British Spennymoor.

Andreas Ludwig, CEO of Zumtobel Group:

“For many years now, our firm has accorded great significance to the themes of sustainability and energy efficiency. Because our business is intimately bound up with the activities of architects and engineers and with their impact, we resolved to promote new concepts and developments related to the built environment in a targeted way through the Zumtobel Group Award. We were filled with enthusiasm by the enormous breadth of the innovative approaches and proposed solutions. In the future, this prize will occupy a prominent place vis-à-vis our continued engagement in favor of sustainability.”

When the Zumtobel Group commissioned Aedes with conceptualizing an architectural prize in the context of sustainability, we perceived the potential for further deepening our understanding of this theme and for simultaneously making it more accessible to an international public. Our concept entailed a subdivision into two categories: “The Built Environment” and “Research and Initiative.” This approach called for singling out path‑breaking buildings that had been realized while at the same time simulating and fostering research projects and initiatives related to this thematic field. The result was the “Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment,” to be awarded biannually. Prizes in both categories are endowed with altogether 140,000 Euros. The results of the Zumtobel Group Award for 2007 will be featured in this exhibition.

Our international and interdisciplinary jury (comprised of architects and engineers, a philosopher, the Executive Director of UN Habitat, and the Chairman of the Board of the Zumtobel Group) made their selection from altogether 20 projects in both categories, choosing one in each. The entries were proposed by an international team of experts on commission by Aedes. Special priority was accorded to environmentally friendly projects in conjunction with aesthetic concerns related to architectural idioms, as well as to each project’s humanitarian, ethical, social, and economic added value. Along with the prizes, there were special mentions for four additional projects in each category, mirroring the broad spectrum of the submissions.

The diversity of the submitted projects reinforced the jury's view that the Zumtobel Group Award provides an outstanding and highly effective worldwide platform for stimulating, discussing, and promoting themes related to sustainability and humanity in the context of the built environment.

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The exhibition is accompanied by an Aedes catalog.

Speakers at the opening will be:
Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Berlin
Kai-Uwe Pirweck, Geschäftsführer, ZUMTOBEL Lighting GmbH


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