The GREEN GOOD DESIGN award has been presented to 100 product designs, graphics, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects, together with leaders, universities and governments from across 18 nations.
The projects and products were chosen based on their emphasis on advanced ‘Green approaches’ as well as their employment of sophisticated methods and technology to make a positive impact on the environment.
For 2013, the awarded buildings, urban plans, and products came from a range of countries, including Austria, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Korea, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States.
State-of-the-art appliances, building products, lighting, floor coverings and other green products produced by visionary companies and industrial design firms were also part of the list.
Australian wins include the 1 Bligh Street (Sydney, NSW) building designed by ingenhoven architects in association with Architectus from NSW. RMIT University, Melbourne, was also honoured, with the RMIT University Design Hub by Sean Godsell Architects and Peddle Thorp Architects gaining international recognition.
1 BLIGH OFFICE TOWER SYDNEY. ingenhoven architects in association with Architectus. Photographer: Hans-Georg Esch.
RMIT UNIVERSITY DESIGN HUB. Sean Godsell Architects in association with Peddle Thorp Architects. Photographer: Earl Carter.
The jury, The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies’ International Advisory Committee, selected the new buildings and product designs as part of a new design direction to generate greater awareness for green and sustainable designs – a necessary initiative to protect the world’s natural resources and meet the manufacturing and end-user’s growing concerns for a healthy ecology and human environment.
Conserve, reused, retrofit and recycle were prominent themes running across each awarded new product and building design.
“This program dramatically indicates that the Green Movement is in full momentum worldwide—from Singapore to Vietnam to New York. Architects and designers are quickly developing more and more interesting solutions to meet a more sustainable future," says Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.
Founded in Chicago in 1950, the GOOD DESIGN award has been presented to innovative and visionary products such as a NASA space ship and a paper clip.
The GREEN GOOD DESIGN, a special edition of the awards program, focuses specifically on new international products and buildings, construction and planning projects that are leading the way to a fully sustainable design compatible with the highest standards of good environment.
For the full list of winners, please visit www.europeanarch.eu.
The deadline for GREEN GOOD DESIGN 2014 is September 1, 2013.
All images courtesy of europeanarch.eu.