The Jury meeting for the XIII Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial – held on February 11 and 12 in Madrid- considered 22 proposals out of the 449 presented were worthy of being awarded in this edition of the prize, because they showed different attitudes on how to intervene on historical architectural heritage, on the city and landscape with innovative and qualified solutions.
“XIII Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo: Alternatives”
Presented by: CSCAE, Fundación Arquia, AC/E, Fundación ICO, ICEX, Spanish Ministries of Infrastructures & Foreign Affairs
Jury: Javier Martín – Deputy Director General of Architecture (President). Alberto Alonso Saezmiera (Vice-president). Begoña Díaz-Urgorri. Juan Domingo Santos. Carmen Moreno Álvarez. Francisco Mangado. Ignacio G. Pedrosa. Ángela García de Paredes. José Luis Infanzón. Miriam García. Andrea Desplazes. Tony Fretton. María Corral. Ladislao Azcona. Javier Manterola
The selected projects are contributions that improve the urban and landscape environments in which they are located, with proposals that meet the issues raised and to the available resources, with the capacity to become a testimony of their time. Among the projects selected was the Sotogrande Sailing School by Hector Fernández Elorza & Carlos García Fernández, who were rewarded with the BigMat ’15 Spanish National Award.
The jury wished to highlight the difficulty to choose 42 among the 101 proposals selected because of the high quality of the papers and ideas presented that are true alternatives for Spanish architecture and urbanism. The selection highlights a set of projects that relate to the problems of our time, rewarding the designs that best suit the needs of their social, economic and cultural context.
These 42 works represent an overview of the years covered by the call, drawing attention to the sensitivity and accuracy in how to intervene on the existing, the integration of architecture and planning in the urban environment and landscape, the incorporation of society to architectural and urban processes, and innovation assumed as a cultural contribution and technological progress in construction.
The 22 selected works are the following:
Consolidaciones instaladas. Antiguo convento de Santa María de los Reyes de Sevilla. Consolidación estructural de inmuebles de interés arquitectónico y adecuación de espacios libres. José Morales, Sara de Giles
20 FINALIST PROJECTS
Together with the winning works, they represent an overview of the years covered by the call , highlighting the sensitivity and accuracy in how to intervene on the existing, the integration of architecture and urbanism in the urban and landscape environment, incorporating society in developed architectural and urban processes from an archietctural approach, and innovative proposals as a cultural contribution and technological progress in construction. The selection highlights a set of projects that relate to the problems of our time, rewarding the designs that best suit the needs of their social, economic and cultural context.
59 SELECTED WORKS
Together with the winning and finalist projects these are 101 proposals which posed to the jury an overview of the architectural and urban production carried out in recent years by Spanish architects , which take precedence domestic interventions and small scale projects versus large projects, public investment in equipment and urban planning.