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Blue Award 2014

The Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design from the Vienna University of Technology organizes the BLUE AWARD.

The Blue Award is a biennial, international student competition and awards projects addressing the topic of sustainability in the academic fields of architecture, regional planning and urbanism. The economical, cultural and social dimensions of sustainable development should be equal in significance to the classical problems of technique and function.

The competition is an open invitation to future-oriented and sustainable solutions.  How will our built environment present itself in the coming years?  Not a one-dimensional approach leads to results, but rather a comprehensive view of the tasks at hand is necessary in order to provide solutions and protect an environment worth experiencing.

The Blue Award 2014 is making its third appearance as an anonymous, international, single-phase competition, and is intended for students of architecture, regional planning and urbanism.

For the first edition, Blue Award 09, 163 projects from 86 faculties and architecture schools spread across 49 countries were submitted.

The second edition of the international competition Blue Award 2012 was again an unanticipated success. 232 projects from all over the world. 101 universities and schools of architecture, regional planning and urbanism, from 38 countries worldwide, participated.

The Blue Award 2014 will be handed out in three categories.

The Blue Award 2014 will particularly emphasize and support architectural efforts in sustainable architecture, particulary in innovative timber constructions and on visionary use of renewable resources.

Participants can submit projects in the following three categories:

Category 1 - Urban Development and Transformation, Landscape Development

Category 2 - Ecological Building and Building in Existing Structures

Category 3 - Innovative Systems and Detailed Solutions

Prize sum of 10.000 Euros

The prize sum of 10.000 Euros will be divided by the jury among the three categories of the competition. The jury may decide upon a number of honorable mentions.

In addition, independent of the categories, a special award will be handed out by the jury, chosen from among all entries.