For the first time, the 2017 Award will also include a special award for Young Professionals. Projects from all three categories can qualify for this special award if the persons submitting the project are under 40 years of age on 15 January 2017. If projects are submitted by teams, this rule shall apply to all team members. Through this new addition to the award, the Zumtobel Group is sending out a special invitation to the younger generation to enter the competition.
The Zumtobel Group Award honours contemporary realised or conceptual works of exceptional innovative content, design, technology and construction. Submissions must make a significant contribution to greater humanity and sustainability in the built environment. The Award is presented in three categories.
Applied InnovationsRead more
The Applied Innovations category, sponsored by the Tridonic brand, is dedicated to outstanding innovations (components/systems) and smart technological solutions with an emphasis on IoT and connectivity to be applied in the built environment, as well as prototypical building solutions. It addresses technical universities, research institutions, individual engineers and firms of consulting engineers, as well as technology startups.
The award in this category will go to pace-setting technological concepts for application in or around buildings and urban infrastructure. These could include, for example, new (re-/self-generative) materials, sensors, intelligent controls or renewable means of energy generation.
A special focus here is on the capacity of the solution to serve human needs (enhancing functionality, improving the quality of life) and reduce environmental impacts. This could be through saving or smart use of energy, new materials or recycling, closed material cycles, or the smart networking of the different media and resource supply such as HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning) and lighting. In this context we also encourage applications concerned with the Internet of Things (IoT) and connectivity in the sense of linking and exchanging data, function and behavior between actors, sensors and users. This category also covers software solutions, ranging from embedded software algorythms and application programs (App’s), to new user interfaces and complete cloud solutions.
Applicants must present a finalised concept, including resilient proof of concept and/or an existing and working prototype. The component/system/product may but need not be already industrialised in a test/small series, although products in volume production are excluded. The innovation is also considered proven if it has been successfully applied in a building or urban infrastructure project realised within the past three years (30 Nov. 2013 – 15 Jan. 2017).
Urban Developments & InitiativesRead more
The Urban Developments & Initiatives category, sponsored by the Thorn brand, is dedicated to projects on an urban scale: city development/planning strategies, master plans, public space projects and landscape architecture. It also includes ongoing research projects and social initiatives in an urban context.
The award targets urban developments that are in progress or have been realised in the past three years (30 Nov. 2013 – 15 Jan. 2017) as well as ongoing research into the improved implementation of sustainability and humanity. Aiming not least to encourage an emerging generation of researchers and practitioners in architecture and urban design, the award in this category seeks to facilitate and promote urban projects and to foster ongoing initiatives or socially beneficial research projects. Individuals or groups from university contexts, architects, urban and landscape planners, NGOs and private or public initiatives are eligible.
The Buildings category, sponsored by the Zumtobel brand, is dedicated to architecturally outstanding buildings or complexes realised within the past three years (30 Nov. 2013 – 15 Jan. 2017). Submissions must meet and envisage current and future demands for sustainable lifestyles.
The award will go to an implemented building or complex of exceptional architectural merit. The winning submission will constitute an innovative sustainable and socially beneficial contribution to the built environment. Applying the latest technologies it will lead to a distinct improvement in the quality of life.
The award is not restricted to new buildings and complexes. It also covers projects dealing with the re-use, conservation or refurbishment of existing structures or the addition of new components.