The International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc. (ICSC) announced the winners in its 30 annual International Design and Development Awards program at a ceremony held on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at ICSC's CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix, Arizona USA.
Dolce Vita Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Three European projects, Dolce Vita Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, owned and managed by Amorim Imobiliária; Principe Pio, Madrid, Spain, owned and managed by Riofisa S.A. and Arkadia, Warsaw, Poland, owned by Simon Ivanhoe and managed by CEFIC Polska Sp. z.o.o, have walked away with full design awards, and seven have achieved coveted merit awards.
Jaap Gillis, chair of the ICSC European Board, said: "I'm delighted to see Europe so strongly represented in this international competition and to see shopping centers from across Europe appearing as award-winners. It shows that high quality shopping center design and development is well represented across the continent and with so many shopping centers currently under construction in Europe this winning trend is sure to continue next year."
Since its inauguration in 1977, the ICSC International Design and Development Awards program has recognized outstanding projects for excellence in the creation of new retail projects, and in the expansion or redevelopment of existing projects, both internationally and domestically.
The annual competition is focused on two general categories: Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project and Renovation or Expansion of an Existing Project.
In the Innovative Design and Construction of a New Project category, entries must relate to a specific new shopping center, completed and opened within a 24-month period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005 and demonstrate how a specific design or construction problem was solved or how new standards in design and construction were established.
In the Renovation or Expansion of an Existing Project category, entries include a project involving an entire shopping center, such as an enclosure, or a single facet of a center, such as an addition. The renovation or expansion must have been completed and the center fully opened for business within a 24-month period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005.
The competition was open to development officers, corporate marketing directors, architects or other professionals responsible for any shopping center project that demonstrates unusual development or redevelopment characteristics and a high degree of creativity.
Judging is based on a point system: up to 5 points for presentation of entry materials; up to 10 points for Land Use; up to 35 points for design, including combination of colors, materials and lighting; up to 20 points for achieving overall development goals; up to 20 points for productivity/financial performance; and up to 10 points for innovation. Winners must each earn 85 or more total points. Entries scoring between 75 and 84 points receive Certificates of Merit.
For a complete list of Design and Development Award winners, see www.icsc.org/designawards.