NEXT-EXTREMES Shortlisted – World Architecture Festival Inaugural Research Prize

With great pleasure we announce that our new project: NEXT EXTREMES: Constructed Natures and the Architecture of Extremes has been selected in the shortlisted projects for the WAF World Architecture Festival, in the category: Water Research Prize.

The WAF Research Programme has been launched to promote the ideas highlighted in the WAFX Manifesto, marking the first ten years of WAF. The manifesto identified key challenges architects will need to address over the next ten years, comprising Water; Climate, Energy and Carbon; Ageing and Health; Re-use; Smart City Technology; Power and Justice; Cultural Identity; Ethics and values; Building Technology and Virtual Worlds.

The first of these categories open for entries is WATER, supported by WAF headline partner GROHE. The WAF Research Programme will reward first-class thought leadership, innovation and research initiatives.

Paul Finch, Programme Director of World Architecture Festival commented: “Water scarcity, security and resilience are acutely pressing issues across the world, and innovative, forward-looking design solutions are vital in addressing them. “We had an amazing response from architects and universities when we launched the prize. Most of the 60 proposals we received featured interesting and innovative ideas, and the shortlist of 12 are exceptional, as is the geographical spread of the entries.”

NEXT has the objective of developing a new set of design principles following a reconceptualisation of the field of infrastructure and environment in planning, engineering and design that are responsive to new societal, economic and environmental conditions.

Having the focus on the ground as resource and design space, NEXT aims at researching the spatial, societal, economic and environmental impacts of new constructed natures as the most essential infrastructural strategy supporting earth systems rehabilitation and a revised notion of urbanisation. Specifically NEXT will focus on plantation and cultivation as a large-scale infrastructural project and as a strategy of carbon mitigation/ adaptation/ compensation along with the formation of economies that rely on the material stream’s management of these new ecological zones.

It thus explores the architecture and cultivation of regional land/waterscapes—as a novel/ possible approach to infrastructure and public works

The project emphasis on the development of two interlocking tracks:

  1. (Space) Regionalization as reterritorialization aims at showing the spatial impact of the intensification of new paired programs and functions in the region’s mosaic.
  2. (Time) Synchronization of landscape change (i.e. nature dynamics), climate, and urban programming.

NEXT-EXTREMES is coordinated by A+BE: Delta Urbanism (Urban Design Theory & Methods, Environmental Technology & Design, Landscape Architecture).

Project leader: Taneha Kuzniecow Bacchin; Principal Investigator: Filippo LaFleur