Yesterday evening – Thursday, November 17 – the awards ceremony of the eighth THE PLAN Award 2022 was held at Fondazione Riccardo Catella in Milan. This was an important event and an exciting moment during which the names of the winning projects of the prestigious award, as well as those receiving an honorable mention, were announced.
There were 40 winners in all, including one Completed and one Future project in each of the award’s 20 categories, plus a further 20 honorable mentions. The winning projects and honorable mentions will be featured in both a special supplement to the magazine at the end of the year, and on THE PLAN’s digital and social networks.
“This evening is a tribute to architecture,” said Nicola Leonardi, managing editor and co-founder of THE PLAN, as he opened the ceremony. “Architecture designs our cities, dialogues with nature, influences our culture and society, and helps form our personalities. It’s no coincidence that this event is being held at Fondazione Riccardo Catella, which was named after a 1990s entrepreneur who had a vision of Milan as an international city – a vision that has been successfully kept alive by his son, Manfredi”.
The Foundation was established in 2007 with the mission of promoting a culture of sustainability in land development and contributing to the quality of urban life. As its vice-president, Alida Forte Catella, pointed out, the Foundation’s headquarters were the first site to be redeveloped as part of the Milano Porta Nuova urban regeneration project. Built in the late 19th century as a rail warehouse and transformed during the 20th century into a film studio and, later, a contemporary arts space, the building has now been returned to the community following its restoration. The complex is surrounded by a large public garden, the first lot of the Biblioteca degli Alberi park.
The welcome session, which some jury members participated in via video link, was followed by the announcement of the winning projects and honorable mentions, with some representatives from the studios involved present at the event and others sending their acceptance speech by video.
>>> Explore THE PLAN Award 2022 finalist projects, chosen by the award international jury among more than 700 shortlisted projects, and a total of 1,200 entries from around the world
The winning projects and those receiving a special mention have been decided by an international jury, composed of professionals and academics from the world of architecture and design: Yehuda Safran, art and architecture critic, professor at the School of Architecture of Pratt Institute; Huang Wenjing, co-founder of Open Architecture and professor at Tsinghua University; Michael Webb, architecture and design critic and writer; Li Xiangning, dean and professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University; Patrícia Santos Pedrosa, researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies (University of Lisbon); Valerio Paolo Mosco, architect and critic; Elena Tomasi, director of the Monaco-based company FPMC (Fine Properties Monte Carlo); Raymund Ryan, architectural curator at Heinz Architectural Center of Carnegie Museum of Art and critic; Diane Gray, executive director of the Laboratory of Architecture for Healthcare Barcelona [LA(H)B] and the editor in chief of the Roca Gallery online publication.
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Photography by Simone Scaravelli