2015 is the first year that the former Schindler Award, active since 2003, has gone global as a partnership between Schindler Group and the ETH Zurich. The Global Schindler Award is an urban design competition open to students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning. The task of the competition was to create an urban design-based response to a specific brief about Shenzhen. Over 200 projects made it through pre-selection. Twelve winners were selected, with the three top prizes going to teams from Spain, China and France. A total of US$150,000 was awarded, including a first prize of US$50,000 for the winner. The official award ceremony was held in Shenzhen on April 30th 2015, where the final ranking of prizes was revealed.
The Global Schindler Award looks for unconventional approaches, innovative urban design strategies and architectural concepts for livable, mixed-use, high-density urban environments. “We are extremely proud that the first Global Schindler Award was such a success. We at Schindler are convinced that young talents will play the most important part in our future,” says Silvio Napoli, CEO of the Schindler Group.
A 100-page book developed by Schindler containing essays about "Future Cities" alongside the students’ project submissions can also be ordered from the website.
First Prize winner:
Daniel Ariza and Diego García Yagüe from Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura Zaragoza, Spain, along with Thomas Oetterli, CEO Schindler Group China, Prof. Dr. Doreen Liu from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prof. Kees Christiaanse from the ETH Zurich.