Winners and finalists flew in from as far away as Poland and China to attend the celebration at Toronto’s iconic Evergreen Brick Works, where the results of Azure’s seventh annual AZ Awards competition were announced tonight in the presence of top talents from the local and international architecture and design communities.
The 20 winners of the 2017 AZ Awards proved their prowess through stunning and innovative projects that represent a snapshot of the leading work in global architecture and design today – from a curious, castle-like observatory in New Hampshire that maximizes stargazing to a bicycle-powered canopy that can unfurl anywhere an event space is needed to a 31.3-hectare park that preserves delicate wetlands in China.
2017年是第7次举办AZ奖，专家评委从来自41个国家的813份作品中挑选出了70份作品进入决赛。由俞孔坚带领的北京大学和“土人设计”团队设计的“衢州鹿鸣公园”荣获此次的最佳景观奖。Victoria Taylor Landscape Architect的作品Public Laneway Puncture，以及West 8设计的Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills。
This year’s submissions reached a staggering 813 from 41 countries, setting a formidable task for our jury of renowned experts. Gathering in March to narrow down the hundreds of submissions to a shortlist of 70 finalists were: planner and landscape ecologist Nina-Marie Lister, interior designer Alessandro Munge, industrial designer Theo Richardson, architect Nader Tehrani and multidisciplinary designer Michael Vanderbyl. The jurors met at Toronto’s Drake Hotel – itself a historic landmark – where through debate and discussion they made their final selection of the best of the best – the 20 exceptional winners who were honoured tonight, and who are featured below.
The winner of the Best Landscape Architecture is Quzhou Luming Park in China , which is designed by Kongjian Yu and his team.
Quzhou Luming Park
To protect land under threat of development in Quzhou City, China, local firm Turenscape devised a sustainable and captivating solution.
In a country where development waits for no one, the government of Quzhou, a Chinese metropolis of 2.5 million and counting, put up its hand and said, “Stop.”
Quzhou had already earned the status of National Eco-Model City for its efforts to curb rampant growth along Shiliang Creek. But the creek’s west bank was at the front lines of industrial creep and increasingly under threat. In response, Beijing landscape architects Turenscape developed a sustainable and seductive solution for some 31.3 hectares of neglected but valuable land, ensuring the land’s protection for the foreseeable future.
Whereas much of Quzhou has been levelled for chemical factories and dense housing, Turenscape preserved the natural red sandstone hills of the Shiliang Creek bank and enhanced them with clusters of green. This creates a sense of rich geography in a flat urban context where few peaks rise from the distant horizon.
From here, the land dips south toward the river in swaths of floodplain. Turenscape’s response was to “quilt” it with low-maintenance, naturally irrigated meadows of reeds, grasses and hardy flowering crops that come alive at different times of the year. Brilliant yellow canola blossoms emerge in spring; sunflowers, purple loosestrife and wild chrysanthemums bloom in summer; and liquidambar, hackberry and ginkgo trees are aflame in autumn.
This is the kind of bio-filtering we can all learn from, where plants are remediating the area while also looking beautiful.
——Nina Marie Lister”
To build anything significant amid this fragile wetland would defeat the project’s purpose – and yet luring people here is the only way to truly safeguard the future of the land. With minimal intervention, Turenscape threaded raised boardwalks – which appear to skim the water – through the park, skirting the forest’s edge so that visitors can peer down into the faces of basking sunflowers. Shady wood-slat pavilions have balconies that jut out over fields of wildflowers and dangle over the river. The goal, says Turenscape, was to “make friends” with the water.
Orchestrating a productive, resilient future for this imperilled environment was an auspicious start to a lasting relationship.