DEAR FRIEND OF ARCHITECTURE
This year Zavod Big, together with its flagship publication HISE magazine, hosts a unique competition and exhibition event, the first-ever HISE Awards for Innovative Excellence in Private Housing, a collaborative effort of global proportions grounded in both local and international expertise.
The special HISE AWARDS ISSUE is dedicated exclusively to the projects that make up both the exhibition and the body of work under consideration for the HISE Awards competition. It represents some of the most compelling new homes from all over the world. Japan and the United States are particularly well represented with numerous strong entries that answer many of the demanding requirements of contemporary design, development and living. In assembling a collection of new, quality houses, HISE is editorial board has applied certain selection criteria to which all competition entries were subject. All entries are recent builds, completed over the 2007-09 period, and can not exceed a 250m2 footprint limit. (Some of the houses exceed the size limit and are not included in the awards competition, but have been included in the exhibition for reasons of special interest and merit.) And all project entries demonstrate particular attention to innovation, intelligent design and display particularly strong, distinctive qualities. By imposing a size and, by extension, a cost-limit on the entries the competition is grounded in notions of accessibility, responsibility, and the challenge of working within a certain, more democratic framework.
In addition, preference has been shown for a demonstrated respect for values related to sustainability and environmental awareness. This increasingly relevant component is behind the creation of a second award - for sustainable excellence.
Two awards are being presented this year: Innovative Excellence 09, and Sustainable Excellence 09. The project-entries have been reviewed and evaluated by a two-tier jury process: the first made up of editorial board members of HISE magazine drew up a shortlist of 16 projects from the close to 100 entries collected. A second expert jury, comprised of guest speakers to the Big Architecture 09 conference together with HISE Editor-in-Chief Maja Ivanic and architect-critic Matevz Celik, has made the final selection and determined the winners.
The HISE Awards for Innovative Excellence in Private Housing is held the evening of May 14, 2009, at the Exhibition and Conference Center Ljubljana. The awards ceremony-event follows the Big Architecture 09 conference which runs the entire day of May 14, with seven international architect speakers presenting on the theme of Sustainable Excellence, at the same location. The attending public has the opportunity to view the accompanying exhibition during the entire Big Architecture event, which is concluded with the awards ceremony.
More about BA 09 on http://www.zavodbig.com/category/big-architecture/
Hope to see you there.
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