Our environment is a significant part of who we are. It shapes us—and often even defines us. With this in mind, every structure encountered in our everyday lives— from the smallest kiosk to the tallest skyscraper—goes through a considered design process. Designers are aware of the impact their designs have on day-to-day life, aware that they are not only crafting a structure or an installation, but an experience for others. Considering this, for our Built Environment category, we asked designers for "spatial design as it relates to physical interiors, exhibitions or installations, either permanent or temporary, for private, public, commercial or industrial purposes."
Leading our Built Environment category as Jury Captain was Arthur Huang, Co-Founder and CEO of Miniwiz. Joining him on the Built Environment Jury Team was Andrea Simitch, Associate Professor at Cornell University, Giorgio de Mitri, Creative Director at Sartoria Comunicazione, and Hartmut Gaßner, Founding Partner of Gaßner, Groth, Siederer & Coll.
In addressing her criteria, Andrea Simitch said: "I was looking for a sense that the constructive aspects of the works related to their forms. The mood or the atmosphere, the effect that emerged from some sense of material of construction that was innovative, that transcended a veneer of theatricality."
Hartmut Gaßner added: "Is there progress, is there development, is there an increase of using the materials from post-consumer waste to use it again?"
Giorgio de Mitri continued: "Either you push the envelope, then, you know, you to give to an idea something that was unprecedented, then I respect it."
Jury Captain Arthur Huang summarizes their criteria by stating: "We're always looking at whether the concept can be precisely implemented. We're always looking for something that is better for the environment or better for someone else."
Arthur also commented that many of the projects use ideas recycled from years ago, but are "being redone or being revisited", and that "sometimes it's executed even better than 10 years ago, sometimes even more enhanced with the technology than before".
Core77 would like to express our deepest gratitude to the entire Built Environment Jury Team for recognizing the following projects.