The shortlist for the World Architecture Festival has been revealed. The Festival will be celebrating their tenth year this year and has seen a record amount of entries for the awards, 924, which is up 18% on the submissions from 2016.
The Festival will be held this year in Berlin in November and will showcase a variety of projects that have been submitted from all over the world. Due to the increase in residential submission that have been made this year there has been a new Villa category introduced. Also included in the submissions are innovative designs such as floating Student accommodation that has been designed for Copenhagen, and a futuristic pharmacy submitted from Japan.
The Festival allows for the smaller architectural firms to compete against the bigger firms in the world’s largest architectural awards scheme. The shortlist that has been announced includes 434 entries and the UK has the most representation of architectural firms in the awards programme.
The entries that have made it onto the shortlist have to present their design in a live judging session that will take place at the World Architecture festival between the 15th and the 17th November. The winners of each category will then go forward in order to compete for Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year and Landscape of the Year. The presentations will take place in front of over 100 international judges, with the so called Super Jury deciding on the 18 category winners. This Super Jurty will be headed by Robert Ivy, the former editor of Architectural Record and CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Also involved in the judging will be Nathalie de Vries who is the Director and Co-founder of the Dutch practice MVRDV, Ian Ritchie, founder of Ian Ritchie Architects in London and Christoph Ingenhoven the founder of the German Architectural practice Ingenhoven Architects.