The WAF Awards unveil the 2021 shortlist
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards has released its shortlist for 2021, celebrating some 200 buildings and landscapes created between 2019 and 2021.
Being the largest architecture awards program in the world, some of the exhibitor’s attendees certainly live up to it. A stylized cityscape connecting the Abu Dhabi desert to its modern urban grid; Heatherwick Studio’s Singapore skyscraper, the Eden ‘China culture exhibition center with a sun and moon pavilion; and a tourist development on an island in the Persian Gulf built to empower the local community, are all up for prizes in their respective categories.
The theme of the WAF for 2021 is “Resetting the City: Greening, Health and Urban Planning”, with the awards attracting 732 entries from 55 countries, submitted in 20 categories of completed buildings and landscapes. The event will be held in Lisbon in December, the first time the event is held in the Portuguese capital.
The 20 categories of completed buildings and landscapes range from housing, office, transport, health and school to civic and community education, sport, religion, culture and power generation and recycling, with entrances representing the most beautiful to the most innovative in contemporary architecture.
The winners of each category are chosen by the architects and designers of the projects making presentations to more than 100 international juries in front of the festival delegates. Category winners then compete against each other on the last day of the festival, to compete for the ultimate accolades of World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.
WAF program director Paul Finch said the ceremony for 2021 is on an unprecedented scale.
“We are delighted with both the quantity and the quality of this year’s entries. It promises to be the most competitive awards program we have ever hosted, and we look forward to meeting the shortlisted architects in Lisbon. “
The WAF Awards’ super jury, which will decide on the 2021 Global Building of the Year, includes: Jeanne Gang, Founding Director and Partner, Studio Gang; Abdelkader Damani, Artistic Director, Frac Center-Val de Loire | Orleans Architecture Biennale; Kim Herforth Nielsen, Co-Founder and Director, 3XN Architects and Christina Seilern, Director, Studio Seilern.
The “super jury” for the landscape of the year includes: Robert Schäfer, landscape architect and journalist; Brita von Schoenaich, Director, Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape; Lily Jencks, Founder, LilyJencksStudio | JencksSquared; Todd Langstaff-Gowan, landscape architect, historian, author and collector, and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design.
The full price list for this year’s completed buildings and landscape projects can be found here.
For more details on the 2021 World Architecture Festival and the WAF Awards, please visit worldarchitecturefestival.com.