Shining the spotlight on global architecture in Vicenza with the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building
The prize award ceremony of the 11 th Dedalo Minosse Prize 2018/2019, promoted by ALA Assoarchitetti, the Region of Veneto* and Vicenza City Council was held on 21 September 2019.
Vicenza City Council provided a pair of Palladian venues for the event: the Teatro Olimpico, which was the spellbinding setting for the prize ceremony, and the Basilica Palladiana, which hosted the associated exhibition. These locations have global appeal among architects and their clients, who came to Vicenza from Japan, India, Vietnam, the USA, South America, Europe and all over Italy to take part in the international event.
Clients and architects from Italy and across the globe stepped onto the stage at the Teatro Olimpico in front of an audience of 500 people. All of them had sought to create value for local communities in their work. The awards were presented by figures from the international scene, institutions, sponsors and partners of the Dedalo Minosse Prize.
The presenters for the evening’s proceedings were Alessandra Comazzi (a journalist from Italian newspaper La Stampa) and the architect Giorgio Tartaro (who is known for his appearances on Rai television). Artist Raymundo Sesma from Argentina was a special guest and he presented the Locus Loci exhibition, which was held in tandem with the one displaying the works selected in the 11 th Dedalo Minosse Prize. There were some big names among the winning clients, including the non-profit Nuova Polis Trust, La Molina council in Peru, the municipality of Aalst in Belgium, the autonomou province of Bolzano, the Kochi Biennale Foundation, Nicca Chemical in Japan, the municipality of Morbegno, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and the Government of Pernambuco in Brazil.
Among the winning architects were renowned and up-and-coming players from the international scene, such as Mario Cucinella, Kimmel Eshkolot Architects from Israel, Atelier Branco from Brazil, Oscar Gonzalez Moix from Peru, MQ Architecture from New York, Kaan Architecten from Belgium, Matteo Thun, Anagram Architects from India, ODDO Architects from Vietnam, Peregrine Bryant from Great Britain and Satoshi Okada from Japan. The strength of the Dedalo Minosse Prize lies not only in its capacity to bring together society and contemporary architectural culture, but also in the way it recognizes designers who are still establishing themselves alongside big names in the field. It highlights the work done to enhance society by clients who promote the design initiatives of younger figures, which will be a precious resource for their communities in the future.
This year, the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building was awarded to the Israeli Ministry of Defence’s Families and Commemoration Department for the “Mount Herzl National Memorial” in Jerusalem, which was conceived and designed by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects.
The prize ceremony was followed by the opening of the exhibition in the Basilica Palladiana, where 600 people crowded into the large central hall. There was a striking contrast between the medieval venue and the contemporary architecture of the selected projects. Adding the finishing touch to the atmosphere was a masterfully lit wood and polycarbonate installation. The exhibition will remain open to the public until 6 October. In the halls, visitors will be able to see drawings, photos, videos and models of the projects commissioned by the clients that the jury selected for the four main prizes: Dedalo Minosse International Prize Dedalo Minosse International Prize OCCAM – Under 40 ALA Prize ALA Prize – Under 40
In addition, the exhibition will showcase the projects that won the 12 Special Prizes, including the Stanislao Nievo Special Prize dedicated to the famous Italian writer and environmentalist, the Region of Veneto Special Prize, the Municipality of Vicenza Special Prize, the Confprofessioni and Pistoletto Foundation Cittadellarte Special Prize, the “Design for All” Prize, the “L’Arca International” Prize and the “Confindustria Vicenza – Construction and Technical Systems Section” Prize. A further nine clients were given special mentions, including the Province of Vicenza. An additional 41 projects and stories can be seen on display and in the catalogue, which can be bought in the exhibition venue or ordered from the ALA Assoarchitetti secretary’s office. Complementing the exhibition is the Locus Loci art show curated by Fortunato D’Amico, which features pieces by prominent artists such as Raymundo Sesma from Argentina, Alfredo Rapetti Mogol and Daniela Pellegrini. There is also a small display of silver items made by Rossi&Arcandi for Cleto Munari and designed by internationally renowned architects such as Hans Hollein, Carlo Scarpa, Alessandro Mendini, Giotto Stoppino, Tao Ho, Borek Sipek, Costantino Dardi and Ettore Sottsass.
THE “CLIENT FORUM” The big new addition for the 11 th edition of the Dedalo Minosse Prize was a large “Client Forum”: a place for debates and discussions about towns, cities, landscapes, the environment, architecture, design, restoration and reusing our historical heritage. For two weeks, architects, clients, builders, journalists, managers, business owners and experts from a range of fields exchanged views during interdisciplinary seminars, conferences and workshops that were open to the general public. The city’s public spirit was brought to life by the voices of professionals, enthusiasts, associations and of course institutions, such as Vicenza City Council and its Culture Department, the Bertoliana Municipal Library, the Construction and Technical Systems Section of Confindustria, the Association of Architects, Confprofessioni, the Design, Analysis and Assessment of Existing Structures Workshop from IUAV University in Venice, schools from Vicenza and other organizations from towns and cities in Italy and across the globe. Designers called out to all stakeholders in construction processes to debate the big issues regarding global and local matters, redeveloping existing structures and heritage, in a world undergoing big changes at a very delicate time for the growth of our country.
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