On November 4th, 2016, the selection committee will announce the 3 three best projects shortlisted for the 2016 edition’s award.
In order to make such an important decision, the Elithis group will surround itself with leading personalities from the building sector and share insights and perceptions on the future of urban housing as it was imagined by the 10 competing teams.
And what could be better than including a well-known architect, Vincent Callebaut, in the selection process? The Belgian proponent of sustainable architecture has just accepted to be chairman of the WB2050 jury.
His futurist-like projects mainly pursue ecologic objectives such as the protection of the biodiversity and the environment, the management of natural resources and waste, as well as the diminution of the global warming.
In his “Dragonfly” project, for example, he addresses current global issues, such as overpopulation and food autonomy. In that sense, he imagined a metabolic farm for urban architecture in New-York City with the aim of rethinking food production and consumption.
In his “Lilypad” prototype, Callebaut explores the global warming issue by designing a floating ecopolis for climate refugees. Half-aquatic and half-terrestrial, the city is able to accommodate 50,000 inhabitants while preserving the relationship between Man and nature.
His sustainable vision and his limitless creativity naturally makes him the obvious choice for chairman of the Well Building 2050 jury. The poetic essence, as well as the prospective dimension of the contest, perfectly fit in with the innovatory characteristics of Callebaut’s architectural projects.
Callebaut will thus participate in the selection of the three prize-winning projects and take part in the Build & Connect event by giving a speech about “fertile cities facing the challenges of the 21st century”. He will also present his research and development projects as well as his vision of Paris in 2050 with which he won the energy transition challenge.
Will the contestants be as imaginative as he is, when designing Tomorrow's urban cities?
That answer will only be given on November, 23th, 2016, in Strasbourg, during the contest's award ceremony.
Click here to discover Callebaut's vision and emblematic projects.