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World Architecture Festival 2012 shortlists revealed

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Judges name 301 international schemes that ‘rethink and re-use’ in the running for the awards event to be held at the annual festival in October, writes MerlinFulcher

The 301-strong international projects shortlisted for prizes at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards have been unveiled.

High-profile schemes vying for the coveted prizes include PES-Architects Wuxi Grand Theatre in China, the Martin Luther Church in Hainburg by Coop Himmelb(l)au and Koko Architecture’s project to transform a seaplane harbour into the Estonian Maritime Museum.

Representing over 48 different countries, the shortlists were selected from more than 500 entries to the international awards which celebrate excellence in global architectural design.

Divided into 19 categories, the finalists will go on show at the World Architectural Festival, which takes place at the Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore from 3 to 5 October 2012, where architects present their shortlisted schemes to the super jury and festival guests.

The festival jury includes Will Alsop, Peter Cook, CCTV starchitect Ole Scheeren, Grafton’s Yvonne Farrell and AJ editor Christine Murray. They will cast their votes at the festival’s finale to decide which of the 301 shortlisted projects is crowned World Building of the Year 2012.

WAF has also launched a student competition with shortlisted teams receiving free tickets and the opportunity to pitch for the coveted student team of the year title (see below).

The contest calls for proposals that ‘rethink and renew’ a building, a group of buildings or an area in keeping with the festival’s overall ‘renew’ theme.

Student finalists will be awarded free tickets to the festival and be given the opportunity to present their schemes to a festival jury of international architects who will pick the student team of the year.

Previous winners have included teams from Harvard and MIT. The deadline for student entries is 30 July.


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