The 2016 "International Architecture Awards" featured an all-Italian jury which chose the winners out of more than 370 projects submitted from all over the world, including some by very prominent names on the international architecture scene such as Zaha Hadid Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP., Foster + Partners, AECOM, C.F. Møller Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP., Morphosis Architects, Toyo Ito & Associates, Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Richard Meier and Partners, Pininfarina, Christian de Portzamparc, and Safdie Architects, to mention only a few.
The awards, promoted by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, were presented to 132 new buildings built for different purposes, landscape architecture projects and urban planning projects from 43 different countries.
Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, president of The Chicago Athenaeum, noted that, in line with the theme of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia,Reporting from the Front, the award-winning projects reveal a humanistic approach that is sensitive to the present and the future of urban development, apparent in both mega-projects and public housing and community services buildings: ingenious structures built using simple materials and unskilled labour, to bring disadvantaged communities good architecture at a low cost and with a low environmental impact.
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