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2002 UNESCO Prize for Architecture to be presented in Venice

Paris - Three young graduate architects of Italy's Genoa University - Erika Bisio, Giulia Carpeneto and Irene Carpeneto - will be presented with this year's UNESCO Prize for Architecture at a ceremony on December 2 at UNESCO's Venice Office (7 p.m. at the Palazzo Zorzi).

The $7,000 prize was awarded on the recommendation of an international jury at the 21st Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) which was held in Berlin in July and focused on the subject of "Resource Architecture." The aim of this year's prize was to explore sustainable ways to revive urban wastelands, with particular attention to the interests of residents and energy conservation.

The subject of the competition was the restoration of part of Berlin's Mitte neighbourhood, which contains extensive wasteland belonging to the national railway company. The site, near the city's new central station, is bordered by a main road, a former station now a modern art museum, a canal, docks and old railway sidings. The way this enclave is handled should give a new image to the city centre.

The competition, sponsored by UNESCO, was open to young architects from all over the world and organized by the Association of German Architects' (BDA) and the Association of German Landscape Architects' (BDLA), with the approval of the UIA.

The prize-giving ceremony in Venice will be attended by outgoing UIA President Vassili Sgoutas, Raffaele Sirica, President of the National Council of Italian Architects, and Luigi Mifizzi (President) and Giancarlo Ius (Vice-President) of the UIA's Italian section, as well as Howard Moore, Director of UNESCO's Venice office.

Ahead of the ceremony, from 3.30 - 6.30 p.m, a round-table will be held on the theme of "Social and Spatial Cohesion in Historic Cities: Towards an Ethical and Sustainable Revitalization of Inner Cities." Taking part will be Said Mouline, Director of the school of architecture of Rabat (Morocco), Xavier Casanovas, an expert on Cuba's historic cities, French architect Max Boisrobert, who has worked on the rehabilitation of Sidon (Lebanon), Giovanni Campéol, chief scientist of UNESCO's project at Omisalj (Croatia), IUA competitions director Wolf Tochtermann and several Italian participants.

The moderator will be Alain-Charles Perrot, chief architect for historic buildings in Paris, who has worked on the rehabilitation of the Garnier opera house (Paris) and the Moroccan town of Essaouira. The roundtable is part of the "Urban Development" project of UNESCO's Management of Social Transformation Programme.

Contact at UNESCO's Bureau of Public Information in Paris: Monique Perrot-Lanaud
Tel.: +33 (0)1456 81714
E-mail: m.perrot@unesco.org

Contact at UNESCO's Venice Office: Rossana Santesso
Tel.: +39 (0)41 260 1511
Fax: +39 (0)41 528 9995
E-mail: roste@unesco.org

Source Press Release No.2002-94
Publication Date 27 Nov 2002
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