Urban Design jury meeting spawns new idea for WAN AWARDS programme
The shortlist for the 2011 WAN AWARDS Effectiveness Award may be unintentionally confined to the UK, US and Canada, but the twelve shortlisted projects bidding for the Urban Design sector titles demonstrate the full geographical range of submissions. From an urban park railway cover in Munich to stair-climbing flora in Bilbao, an urban walkway in Singapore boasting sinuous misting pipes and a circular waterfall viewing platform in Eidfjord, the shortlists for the 2011 WAN AWARDS Urban Design sector truly capture the stunning level of urban planning and design taking place all over the world.
For this year’s completed jury the key was for each project to tell a story, striking an appropriate balance between the ‘urban story’ and the ‘landscape story’. Each of the shortlisted schemes have managed to reach this equilibrium with aplomb, with phrases such as ‘bold gesture’, ‘master architect’ and ‘theatrical design’ regularly doing the rounds. Certain schemes were put to one side as the jury agreed they needed time to mature into their site location, whilst others were clearly already flourishing - The Garden That Climbs The Stairs in particular!
Each jury session is a chance for WAN to gain insight into how our awards programme is faring. Having scanned through the vast range of longlisted submissions in the unbuilt category, Kalzip's Tony Mills suggested that the transportation entries be judged as a standalone category going forward, a proposal now under consideration by the WAN Awards Team. As the unbuilt shortlist was compiled it became clear that this would be a very strong category, with a third of the final selection sourced from the transportation sector. The shortlisted projects are as follows:
Urban Park Railway Cover Theresienhöhe, Munich, Germany - Topotek 1
Barry Curtis Park, Auckland, New Zealand - isthmus
Conversion Old and New Harbour Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany - Latz + Partner Landscape Architects Urban Planners
Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, Singapore, Singapore - Cox Architects and Planners
Benidorm Waterfront, Benidorm (Alicante), Spain - Office of Architecture in Barcelona
The Garden that Climbs The Stairs, Bilbao, Spain - balmori associates
Fosseslynga, Eidfjord, Norway - Code: arkitektur as
Man-Built Island of Dongqian Lake, Ningbo, China - Hassell
Shunde New City, Guangdong, China - SWA Group
La Piedad River Regeneration, México City, Mexico - Taller 13 Arquitectura Regenerativa
Fayetteville 2030: Transit City Scenario, Fayetteville, United States - University of Arkansas Community Design Center
Crossrail Paddington Station, London, United Kingdom - Weston Williamson