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Ugo Rivolta European Architecture Award 2011

April 26, 2011

At the end of March 2011 the Architects Chamber of Milan announced the third edition of the Ugo Rivolta European Architecture Award with the aim of selecting the finest social housing projects built across Europe and bring them to the attention of a wider public.

Back in 2007 by its first edition the award received recommendations for forty-six works; approx the half of them were from Italy, the rest were from Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and Bulgaria. The winner was Guillermo Vasquez Consuegra with his social housing complex in Rota, Càdiz.

In 2009 the second edition received recommendations for forty-two projects from twelve European Countries, extending significantly the geographical representativeness of the award.

The jury of the 2009 edition, chaired by the winner of the first one Guillermo Vàzquez Consuegra, awarded the prize to Kis Peter and Valkai Csaba – Kis Péter Építészmuterme, the young Hungarian architects who designed the “Práter Street Social Housing” in Budapest. The project shows how, with simplicity and economy of resources, architecture can respond to the demand for social housing in sensitive and high density urban areas.

Three further projects received an honourable mention: Giorgio Macola e Adolfo Zanetti for the social housing project in Forte Gazzera (Italy);

Javier Terrados Cepeda for the social dwellings in Conil de la Frontera (Spain);

Agence  Kagan Architecture for the social housing complex in Port Saint Martin, Rennes (France).

By the third edition the award confirms its intention of becoming an international point of reference for research and debate in this area, highlighting the importance of the overall quality of the built environment and the crucial role of architectural design for environmental, social and economic sustainable urban development.

Deadline for submissions to the first phase of the Award is 19th Mai 2011.

Further information on the website of the Architects’ Chamber of Milan.

Click here to download the award notice and the application form in english language.

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