Editor’s pickWorld Architecture Festival to introduce new prize for best use of certified timber
Streetlight Tagpuro at night
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) - to take place in Amsterdam from 28 to 30 November 2018 - has introduced a brand new category to celebrate the use of certified timber in architecture.
The 'Best Use of Certified Timber Prize' is supported by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and aims to "reward project teams and architects that have used certified timber in a creative, innovative and inspirational way".
A special jury – including a PEFC representative – will identify entries that "have used certified timber in an exceptional way" and shortlisted entries will be contacted to confirm that the timber specified and used in the project originates from certified sources – such as PEFC-certified forests – thereby demonstrating clear leadership in sustainable design and responsible purchasing.
Streetlight Tagpuro in Tacloban City in the Philippines won an award under the Civic & Community category in 2017. The community building features a light timber frame.
The jury will finally judge face-to-face presentations of the 10 best entries on the morning of Friday 30 November 2018, at WAF in Amsterdam. The winner will be presented with their special prize at a Gala Dinner on the same evening.
More than 500 architectural practices are expected to join the 11th World Architecture Festival's competition. Past winners feature some the world’s most iconic and best-known architectural practices including: Foster & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Snohetta, BIG, Isay Weinfeld, Perkins & Will, Rogers Stirk Harbour, FJMT and Sou Fujimoto.
Interested parties can enter projects via the WAF website. The deadline for entry is 11 May 2018.