由世界建筑节主办负责人 《建筑评论》杂志主编Paul Finch宣布各奖项得主。
本次世界建筑节最高奖获得者南非建筑师 Peter Rich上台领奖。
World Building winner calls for architects to serve the community
Date posted: 06/11/09
Peter Rich, the winner of the second World Building Award, has called for architects to serve a broader section of society.
´Architects need to be of service to a broader audience and to make changes so that it is not just one per cent of people who can afford to use an architect, and that is what excites me,´ he said.
At the awards ceremony, when learning that his Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre had won the top prize, he said, ´I am just completely overwhelmed. i am going to continue my quest to be of service to the less privileged. I am going to continue the good fight and take it to the world.´
He also said how much he enjoyed the World Architecture Festival ´for its congeniality and friendship. It has been a fabulous visit.´
Peter Rich wins World Building of the Year award for Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in S. Africa
Date posted: 06/11/09
South African architect Peter Rich is the second winner of the World Building of the Year award for his Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre in South Africa, a building on the site of an ancient civilsation which is also designed to highlight the fragility of the enviornment.
Chaired by Rafael Viñoly, this year´s international super jury (which included Kengo Kuma, Farshid Moussavi, Suha Ozkan and structural engineer Tim Macfarlane) had an especially tough task in deciding on an overall winner for World Building of the Year.
How do you compare an elegant little shop with a piece of landscape design or a winery with an aviary? Jurors were impressed with a number of schemes – such as the redevelopment of Father Duffy Square in New York by Choi Ropiha, Perkins Eastman, PSKB Architects and WOHA´s Bras Basah Mass Rapid Transit Station in Singapore. Both schemes, they felt, responded to complex urban problems in highly sophisticated ways.
They also admired the winner of the Landscape category, by Chinese architects Turenscape for its imaginative qualities and strength of execution.
But after a lively debate, the jury conceded that the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich was clearly the most architecturally and psychologically powerful project in the final, very tough, analysis. 'It carries both weight and a message of complexity to the outside world, ' commented Suha Ozkan. The jury agreed that the way in which it related to the land and made graceful virtues of the challenging issues of sustainability, politics and social improvement made it a highly deserving winner.