The Katerva Awards – Open for Nominations

Process-Zero, a Net-Zero Retrofit of a Government Building in Los Angeles, originally built in 1965. Courtesy of HOK and Vanderweil

Katerva isn’t looking for ideas that will improve the world in small increments. We are looking for paradigm-busting ideas. Our Award winners don’t simply move the needle when it comes to efficiency, lifestyle or consumption; they change the game entirely. This is a celebration of radical innovation and an acceleration of much needed change.

The Katerva Awards, the “Nobel Prize” of , are once again looking for nominations that will change our world as we know it.

Last year’s winner in Urban Design was the Freshkills Park in New York, which converted a landfill/marsh into a beautiful, productive landscape. Runners-up included ’s Waste-to-Energy Ski Resort, Architecture 2030 (a non-profit working to make all buildings Net-Zero by 2030), Hylozoic Ground (a project of regenerative, responsive architecture), and a retrofit to make a 1965 Government building Net-Zero.

Do you, or someone you know, have a radically innovative design worthy of recognition? Urban Agripuncture, a project we featured recently here at ArchDaily, has already been nominated – and yours could be next.

Courtesy of BIG

According to the Katerva site, nominees must have been launched during the last two calendar years. They will then be chosen based on feasibility, scalability (a.k.a potential to work at the global level), originality, and impact. Urban Design projects should pay particular attention to “improving the quality and impact of high density populations.”

Nominations can be made here.