Borromini Prize
Roma

2001

Aims and finalities
The Europe which has recently appeared on the international scene as a unified body is a continent undergoing great transformations. Historically shaped by the presence of a number of enclosed communities - communes, city-states nation-states - Europe is now trying to adopt an internationally scaled structure to balance its need for a common government while preserving its local identities.
This new Europe is thus becoming a geographical and cultural space whose borders remain undefined, but which is still open to the interaction of ideas and individuals, therefore allowing many different cultures to assemble and transform themselves within its cities. More than ever, European cities represent the bone structure of social life as well as the centers of communication.
In this respect cities and towns still are the main actors of the social changes taking pIace in Europe. The constant search for a better relationship between individuals, society and the environment is one of the main issues facing the new Europe. This appears to be an heterogeneous territory which is nevertheless struggling to build an identity that reflects its history as well as its will to innovate.
Architecture has always had a highly sophisticated relationship with history, culture and tradition, and it has constantly produced new patterns, which have shaped our social life. Today architecture is being asked to face totally new social, civic and economic issues, and in the process it must confront the impact of a technological evolution, which is deeply changing our demands and the ways to meet them.
Participation and cooperation will thus be necessary to re-build a strong civic identity, embodied by an architecture and urban landscape that, being strongly linked, might reflect a number of shared issues and values.
The Borromini International Award for Architecture stems from this civic and cultural context. Established in the highly symbolic city of Rome - the Borromini Award provides an international arena where architects can confront these issues. The contest aims at selecting a number of works stemming from different cultural and geographical areas of the world in order to attract people's attention, share new experiences, conjure up new scenarios.
The Borromini Award is also a search, within and outside Europe, for those thoughts and ideas which, once realized, have triggered some important and advantageous transformation processes from a social, cultural and economic point of view.
By making reference to Francesco Borromini and to his ability to design and realize highly innovative works within a strongly official and politically oriented context, the Award honors his figure and the values his work represents.

Promoter
Comune di Roma – City of Rome

Coordination
Luca Bergamo, Luca Montuori, Gabriella Raggi, Marta Francocci

Commitee of the Prize
Alberto Alessi, Alessandro Carbone, Luca Galofaro, Francesco Galofaro, Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, Guendalina Salimei

Jury Borromini Award
Francesco Rutelli, Jean Baudrillard, Luciano Benetton, Jean Louis Cohen, Zaha Hadid, Paolo Portoghesi, Richard Rogers

Jury Borromini Award for youn architects
Domenico Cecchini, Shigeru Ban, Francesco Dal Co, Javier Mariscal, Carme Pinos

Advisors
Stan Allen, Anand Bhatt, Marco Brizzi, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Richard Burdett, Alberto Campo-Baeza, Cynthia C. Davidson, Miha Desman, Akram El Magdoub, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Kristin Feireiss, Manuel Gaussa, David Greene, Ross Jenner, Bart Lootsma, Detlef Mertins, Yves Nacher, Kyong Park, Didier Rebois, Livio Sacchi, Camillo Salazar, Yorgos Simeoforodis, Dietmar Steiner, Deyam Sudjic, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Klas Tham, Marcos Tognon, Martin Tschanz, Franco Zagari, Mirko Zardini




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