Terra Award, the first international prize for contemporary earthen architectures, has released a shortlist of 40 projects competing for awards in nine categories. The finalists selected span five continents and 67 countries. Each entry was evaluated on a range of topics including: architectural quality and landscape integration, environmental approach and energy performance, creativity and innovation, technical performance, local economy and social intensity, and showcasing of skills. Project materials range from light clay to cob, poured earth, wattle and daub, compressed earth block (CEB), adobe, rammed earth, and others. As a widely-available sustainable material with low-energy production, the competition seeks to highlight the possibilities of earthen construction in order to promote broader uses in the future. An award committee chaired by Wang Shu will meet on July 9 to select the winners. The announcement will be followed by an award ceremony in Lyon, France on July 14 at the Terra 2016 World Congress, part of a series of events celebrating ‘‘Lyon 2016, capitale de la Terre”.
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