2A Continental Architectural Awards For Asia- Oceania, Europe, Africa, South & Central and North America

2A Continental Architectural Awards
Asia- Oceania, Europe, Africa, South & Central and North America

As a part of its growing activities, 2A is organizer of 2A Continental Architectural Awards as an annual event. The event will highlight world achievements in Architecture in terms of contemporary challenges of the field

Such challenges include: the great diversity of design ideolo

gies and methodologies, new advanced technologies, communications and digital media, new social sensitivities, new technologies in sustainability, and periodic times of economic slowdown. 2A Continental Architectural Award will be a landmark and turning point allowing practitioners to pause and reflect upon what the continents, as part of global community, have achieved in the field of Architecture, what are the perspectives of architecture future and what is the right path to achieve our common architectural responsibilities

Architecture is an art and profession, which plays a multi-dimensional role in any society. Its function and responsibility is not merely to create beautiful living spaces, it has to reflect and respond to the social, cultural and economical needs and challenges of that specific society, country, region or continent.

2A, a specialized and well- known architectural magazine is a sensitive and effective media element which can reflect on actual image of architecture by focusing on different regional architecture and promote and reintroduce the importance and necessities of considering cultural identity of various regions by publishing articles in the Magazine, and also by using other ways such as 2A Continental Architectural Award, which will focus and encourage both the young and professional architects to be more attentive to each continents cultural and regional needs.

The 2A Continental Architectural Award goal was and will be, to avoid the extinction of cultural identity in architecture and emphasis on these unique distinctions rather than global modernism. The competition is designed to highlight and recognize essence of Architecture in every region and present them to the audience. For example cultural memory, continuity and integrity is of the essence. Each of these great continents has different cultural and historical background, and therefore their social and architectural needs are also different. Architects of each continent have to consider their local and regional concerns and needs while designing and/or building a project such as geography, customs, culture, tradition, history, religious values, and other social factors.

These concerns which have been different for each continent, has led to formation of different and colorful styles of architecture in each continent.Therefore, after successfully organizing 2A Continental Architecture Award for Asia and Europe for two years, 2A magazine decided to expand the Award to include other continents as well, the award will be for the continents of Africa and America as well in the following years.

The event will be published by 2A magazine as a recorded history of a unique cooperation and interaction between these great continents. Meeting this goal, 2A magazine will take another step towards creating a room for all architects around the Glob to expend and enrich their vision about architecture. Moreover, this professional interaction among Architects will foster the following objectives and benefits:

Exchange of knowledge, experience and information in terms of general strategy and urban planning: These continents have rich culture, history and uniqueness and at the same time diverse and colorful architectural background, and they have tried and worked hard to preserve their own respective cultural identity and at the same time meet the demands of the contemporary challenges and requirements of modern lifestyle which is burdened with over population and environmental pollution. It will be very useful for architects to interact with their counterparts in order to benefit from their experience in dealing with those challenges.

This is a unique event designed to inspire an architectural dialogue among Asian European, African & American practitioners, all in one forum! Participants will have the opportunity to explore topics such as: The roots and history of their architecture, the effects of culture; history; and tradition on their architecture, The evolutionary process of their architecture, reviewing as a means of assessing contemporary architecture, the use of innovative technologies and sustainable methods in architecture and urban planning.

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