Barcelona countdown begins

Niki May Young
Monday 13 Oct 2008

What can you expect from the first ever World Architecture Festival?

Only seven days remain before 224 architecture firms from around the world prepare to compete for one the most prestigious awards ever. Showcasing all of the 722 projects submitted, the World Architecture Festival is the first event of its kind dedicated to architecture and architects from across the globe. Paul Finch, Editor of Architectural Review and Director of the awards, said that they wanted to “create an event where architecture was first in the chain”.

Participants at the event are aiming for one thing - to be the sole possessor of the World Building of the Year Award 2008. Despite the most diverse range of buildings competing there will be only one winner and there is no telling whether it will be a national stadium or a public toilet, anything goes.

Projects will face tough scrutiny with an extensive judging panel consisting of 58 of the most prestigious names in the business. Although disappointingly both Zaha Hadid and Richard Meier will now be unable to add their expertise to the panel, heading the jury is Lord Norman Foster who will be joined by further high-caliber architects including Charles Jencks and Robert A. M. Stern.

WAN will be providing full coverage of the event with everything from editorial to photography, blogs to video with a dedicated WAN film crew in attendance for the big announcement. Throughout the three-day extravaganza WAN will host a special Spotlight area which will contain all the important information from the event, updated as it happens.

WAN also caught up with Paul Finch this week to hear more about what you can expect from the first ever World Architecture Festival. Hear what he had to say in the PODCAST now.

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