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SEOUL 2017
Winners of the 2017 3rd Edition of UIA Architecture & Children Golden Cubes Awards
Architecture and Children
Architecture and Children - New edition of the Golden Cube Awards
Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources
‘Design and optimization of zero energy consumption buildings’ with UIA CPD and ARES Work Programme
Architecture and Children
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Architecture and Society

Responsible Architecture

Responsible Architecture

Overall objective

To help architectural education and the profession meet the challenges of sustainable architecture and urban planning; to offer specialised professional advice on project design and architectural realisation to the international community.

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Objectives
Activities

Architecture involves in the shaping of the built environment thus the manmade structures designed by Architects throughout history have changed the composition of the natural environment which in turn has changed the living patterns of mankind.

 

Architects as creators of these built environments are responsible for the effects on the Natural Environment, Society and as Architects are professionals they are also responsible for proper practice of the profession.

 

In the above context the UIA Work programme identifies 3 clear areas of importance

  1. Environmental and Contextual responsible Architecture
  2. Social and Cultural responsible Architecture
  3. Professionally responsible Architecture (Ethics and Codes of conduct for Architectural Practices)

 

Information is be collected worldwide from member institutions, of examples of work and documentation on the above 3 areas and it is to be shared among all UIA member organizations for collective action for ARCHITECTURE FOR RESPONSIBLE FUTURE

 

At the end of the current period of office it’s envisaged to publish a document/ Resolution on the findings as a UIA publication/Resolution on ARCHITECTURE FOR RESPONSIBLE FUTURE

 

Director
Jayantha Perera (Sri Lanka)

Sports and Leisure

Sports and Leisure

Overall objective

Promote the development of sustainable sports and leisure facilities, taking into account their cultural and environmental settings. Further international exchanges of information and cooperation in the field of building for sport and leisure.

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Objectives

Collaboration and consultancy in relation with partner organisations. International knowledge sharing about exemplary projects. Developing a network of specialists in sports facility architecture.

Activities

Mission

The UIA S&L WP comprises specialist sports architects from every continent and actively promotes the universal development of sports and leisure facilities.

 

S&L WP strives to achieve this by making available (and positively targeting) the collective and individual expertise of our members towards:

  • Informing developing countries of the potential socio-economic benefits of community and competitive sports facilities for all ages and abilities.
  • Advocating the need for National and local overall policies; forward-planning programmes, good brief-making, and the importance of attractive, functional and sustainable buildings.
  • Liaising and establishing strong links with international and national governing bodies for sports and other international organisations to exchange knowledge and to positively influence their guidance, brief-making

 

S&L WP seeks a role in their decision-making processes – for example, providing specialist advisers and participating in juries for design competitions.   Key organisations include the IOC (International Olympic Committee), IPC (the International Paralympic Committee), IAAF, FIFA, FINA, UCI, IAKS and other.

 

Members

The expertise of WP members is enhanced by:

  • research visits to Olympic/Paralympics complexes - ideally before, during and after the games;
  • visiting pioneering complexes in different countries which have initiated and developed new approaches to community and elite sports architecture;
  • attending and contributing to didactic seminars organised by our WPG and to conferences in association with other organisations.

 

Amongst our members are those with specialist experience and skills in sports and leisure in the following areas:

  • research and education
  • brief-writing - including an overlay of operational management considerations, costs in use and legacy plans
  • planning and design of community sports and leisure indoor and outdoor complexes
  • planning and design of major events complexes - including stadia, indoor arena for specialist and general purposes (including overlay/temporary facilities)sustainability of sports facilities during the course of their lifetimes (in both environmental and economic terms)– with particular regard to the legacies of major events complexes.
Director
Gar Holohan (Ireland)

PHG - Public health

PHG - Public health

Overall objective

In spite of the differences in culture from different countries which we represent, there is a universal need to provide affordable and cost effective, sustainable facilities in which quality healthcare can be delivered in a safe and healing environment.

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Objectives
Activities

 

The UIA - PHG was founded in1955 and represents members and guests from all continents from more than 60 countries.

 

Objectives

The vision of the UIA-PHG is that world public health can profit by the dedication of architects to provide efficient, safe and aesthetic health care buildings and an environment that can contribute to a more rapid healing of the patients as well as an improvement in staff operations and satisfaction.

 

The UIA-PHG shares its knowledge and experience not only within the group but also to other architects, engineers and consultants, health care managers and providers, health care organizations and governments, as well as to the general public. It also initiates research projects that contribute to better health care buildings and environments.

Director
Warren Kerr (Australia)

Educational and Cultural Spaces

Educational and Cultural Spaces

Overall objective

Based on the belief that culture and education are fundamental human needs, wherever they occur, this programme looks not only at the edifices dedicated to them activities but also at their impact and social function.

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Objectives

Exchange and diffuse exemplary architectural, cultural and educational experiences from the largest number and widest variety of contexts.

Activities

Organising international seminars for architects and students in collaboration with specialised international organisations and universities.

Director
Yannis Michail (Greece)

Spiritual Places

Spiritual Places

Overall objective

Teach forms of practice and means of expressing spiritual values through architecture and public spaces that respect cultural, social and religious diversity.

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Objectives
Activities

Objectives

  • to reveal the essence, methodology and variety of architectural conversions and reconversions, today and in the past
  • to develop a table for interpreting the meaning of a building for all religions.
  • to understand past as well as future possibilities for architecture, religion and the human spiritual condition.

 

The recognition of the problem of conversion and reconversion can throw light on the similarities and differences in various religious traditions, on their intrinsic and extrinsic values, on what divides and unites them.

 

Activities

Activities including conferences and seminary publications, 2 monographs, experimental student projects, competitive projects, workshops and exhibitions concentrate on the conversions and reconversions of religious objects from both monotheistic and polytheistic religions.

Director
Jerzy Uscinowicz (Poland)

Cultural Identity - Architectural Heritage

Cultural Identity - Architectural Heritage

Overall objective

  • To study, apply, promote and popularize the theory, method and scientific skill of the architectural heritage conservation.
  • To provide the professional consulting service for the architectural heritage conservation to promote its comprehensive protection and research.
  • To organize the international academic exchange activity among the architects and scholars who are specialized in the architectural heritage conservation and study

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Objectives
Activities

Overall objective

  • To study, apply, promote and popularize the theory, method and scientific skill of the architectural heritage conservation.
  • To provide the professional consulting service for the architectural heritage conservation to promote its comprehensive protection and research.
  • To organize the international academic exchange activity among the architects and scholars who are specialized in the architectural heritage conservation and study
Co-Directors
In Souk Cho (Korea (Republic of))
Kecheng Liu (China)

Architecture for All

Architecture for All

Overall objective

  • To promote the idea of friendly architectural and urban design addressed to all kind of users.
  • To improve the architectural and urban quality through skilled use of friendly space organization, scale, shapes and material.
  • To show that accessibility is a necessary but one the factors of friendly architecture and environment.
  • The aims are implemented by the organization of the Award Friendly Spaces Accessible to All.

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Objectives

To ensure that everyone both young and old, with or without disabilities, can access and use the built environment.

Activities

Overall objective

  • To promote the idea of friendly architectural and urban design addressed to all kind of users.
  • To improve the architectural and urban quality through skilled use of friendly space organization, scale, shapes and material.
  • To show that accessibility is a necessary but one the factors of friendly architecture and environment.
  • The aims are implemented by the organization of the Award Friendly Spaces Accessible to All.
Co-Directors
Fionnuala Rogerson (Ireland)
Krzystof Chwalibog (Poland)

Architecture and Children

Architecture and Children

Overall objective

Built Environment Education will help children and young people to understand architectural design and the process by which the environment is shaped so that as adult citizens they will be able to participate effectively in the creation of high quality architecture that is humane, beautiful, sustainable and respectful of its context.

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Objectives

The creation of human and sustainable environment is a challenge that involves us all-architects, planners, politicians and communities. The UIA Architecture & Children Work Programme has as its mission the education of children and young people who, when they are adults, will be the designers and also the clients, decision-makers and inhabitants of our buildings, cities, towns, villages and rural areas.

Activities
  • The UIA BEE Website
    operates as a portal for the international exchange of information & experience.
  • The UIA Built Environment Education (BEE) Guidelines
    helps educators, architects and students all over the world achieve effective educational collaboration.
  • The UIA Architecture & Children Golden Cubes Awards
    a new triennial international awards programme to honour people and organizations, many of them with little support or recognition, to help children & young people understand architecture and the processes by which our environment is formed.
  • Organisation and/or presentation at seminars, conferences, forums, congresses;
  • Exhibitions: participation and/or mounting;
  • In general: promotion of Built Environment Education initiatives and strategies in the Member Sections of UIA.
Director
Ewa Struzynska (France)

ARES - Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources

ARES - Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources

Overall objective

  • The programme seeks to implement passive energy principles, techniques and systems in order to improve the quality of interior environments while using minimal energy.
  • It diffuses bioclimatic architectural design principles and examples and promote the use of renewable energy sources to an ever-wider world market.
  • It brings Consultancy on renewable energies for European bioclimatic programmes, the construction industry and national and international organisations.

> ARES - Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources

Objectives
Activities

The four major issues of the International Work Program are:

  • Incorporation of ARES in an urban building environment Methodology – Applied Experience
  • Educational & Informational procedures for Architects & Engineers Understanding & decoding ARES
  • New technologies Systems, building materials – Examples – Options
  • ARES & Legislative Frame – Incorporation of new technologies in an integrated international legislative frame

 

For all the above reasons, the U.I.A., which is the most recognized international organization of Architects, will play a leader role towards an “Architecture implementing Renewable Energy Sources”.

Director
Nikos Fintikakis (Greece)