MCHAP Recognizes OMA, Holl, HdM as Finalists for Most Outstanding Projects in the Americas

The  (MCHAP) has just announced the seven finalists – drawn from a shortlist of 36 projects - at an event in Santiago, Chile.

To determine the finalists, the five jury members – Francisco Liernur, Sarah Whiting, Wiel Arets, Dominique Perrault, and Kenneth Frampton - spent the last twelve days visiting projects, speaking with the architects, users and owners of the spaces, and entering into intense debate among each other. 

As jury member Dominique Perrault noted, “There’s a lot of means by which to evaluate projects – models, drawings, images – but we took all opportunities to test the quality of the architecture. In the end, only by visiting can you sense the ‘touch of god’ – the presence of the building itself in the context.”

The resulting finalists show tremendous variety – in terms of scale, place, typology, program, materials, etc. – making the task of choosing a winner all the more challenging. See all seven finalists, as well as a video of Kenneth Frampton discussing the selection process, after the break.

MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology () and Dirk Denison, Director of the (MCHAP), have announced the inaugural MCHAP shortlist – 36 “Outstanding Projects” selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees.

“The rich diversity of these built works is a testament to the creative energy at work in the Americas today,” said Arets. “When viewed alongside the innovative work by the MCHAP.emerge finalists and winner, Poli House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen which we honored in May, we see the evolution of a distinctly American conversation about creating livable space.” See all 36 winners after the break.

Proar Clinic / Rafael Iglesia

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Architects:
Location: , Argentina
Team: Arq. Pedro Aybar, Arq. Pablo Temporini, Arq. Guillermina Iglesia, Franco Comba
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto

Flashback: Residential Building in Rosario / Rafael Iglesia

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Architects: Rafael Iglesia
Location: San Luis 470, ,
Collaborators: Andrés Lombardo, Mariano Fiorentini
Client: Conystar SRL Area: 147 sqm
Years: 1998-2001
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto, Manuel Cucurell

 

International Amusement Park of Rosario / Rafael Iglesia

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Architect: Rafael Iglesia
Location:
Collaborator: Gustavo Farias
Photographs: Gustavo Frittegotto, Manuel Cucurell