Global Appreciation

Bringing along several superlative labels and creative brains of the world, under its bandwagon, is the World Architecture Festival 2008, which was held late October in Barcelona.

The WAF awards website claims (perhaps rightfully) itself to be the largest awards programme in the world, totalling 17 categories. The first annual World Architecture Festival Awards eventually attracted more than 700 entries from 63 countries worldwide.

The new faculty building for Luigi Bocconi University in Milan by Irish design firm Grafton Architects won the title of “Building of the Year.” Festival director Paul Finch described the building as ‘a totally 3d piece of design’ and praised it for its relationship with the city.

World Architecture Festival category winners:-

Civic
Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, China
Buro II

Culture
Oslo Opera House, Norway
Snøhetta

Energy, Waste and Recycling
Landscape restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump “La Vall d’en Joan”, Spain
Batlle & Roig Architects

Health
Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines ‘G.Kambou’, Burkina Faso
FAREstudio

Holiday
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada
Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects

Housing
Mountain Dwellings, Denmark
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Learning
Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy
Grafton Architects

Nature
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, USA
Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

New & Old
Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian Institution, USA
Foster + Partners

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