In their tenth edition, The World Architecture Festival (WAF) will begin on November 15 this year in Berlin. Early last week, WAF announced their Shortlist 2017, which includes 434 finalists. In categories ranging from Civic, Culture, & Transport, to Hotels, Offices, and Residential, the international list received more entries this year than ever before.
According to their manifesto, WAF identifies key challenges which architects will need to address over the next 10 years. These challenges include: “Climate, energy and carbon; Water; Ageing and Health; Re-use; Smart city technology; Building technology; Cultural identity; Ethics and values; Power and justice; and Virtual worlds.”
Large architectural firms, such as Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), BIG, and Perkins+Will were included as finalists for their work, as well as smaller firms. In the “Future, Civic” category, finalists included Flor de Maria Juarez’s stunning “A Woman’s Gallery: Awakened” in Guatemalao, Heatherwick Studio’s “Seitz MOCAA” in South Africa, and Rørbæk og Møller Arkitekter’s “Maritime Museum” in Norway, among others. Landscape, Best Use of Color, and concept (unrealized) buildings were also included in the 18-category line-up.
A ‘super jury’ of over 100 people selected the finalists from 51 different nations, across 68 countries. Winners from each category will be decided at the two-day festival in Germany. You can view the entire Shortlist here.