This second edition, with over 600 participants, was presided over by Benedetta Tagliabue, one of the most influential personalities in the world of architecture in the last few years. The jury was made up of Josep Congost, Chris Lefteri, Wolfram Peters and Gabriele Pezzini.
The winning project was Watermassage, by Alberto Nogueras, a proposal consisting of a massage system in which water pressure and different temperatures are applied on strategic points of the body to achieve a feeling of total relaxation and wellbeing.
Professional and Student
Benedetta Tagliabue, President
Benedetta Tagliabue, President
Born in Milan, Italy, in 1963
Graduated from the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (1989). She has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia and Barcelona ETSAB universities and in 2004 she received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland.
She has been part of juries around the world, e.g. the Prince of Asturias Awards and the Pritzker Prize.
Her work received the Catalan National Prize in 2002, the RIBA Stirling Prize and the City of Barcelona Prize in 2005 and 2009, the National Spanish Prize in 2006, FAD Prizes in 2000, 2003 and 2007, the RIBA International “Best International Building of 2011” and the 2013 RIBA Jencks Award.
She currently acts as Director of EMBT Miralles Tagliabue, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona and, since 2010, in Shanghai. She is also the director of the Enric Miralles Foundation.
Roca Design and Innovation Director, Spain
He holds a degree in Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
From 1981 to 1989, he was a founding associate and President of the Board of Directors at Ecotècnia S. Coop, and from 1989 to 1997 he served as Director of Vehicle Design for the Nissan European Technology Center of Barcelona (NETC-B).
He has been working with Roca Sanitario, SA since 1997, and is currently the Design and Innovation Director.
Born in London in 1968
Recognized throughout the world as a leading authority on materials and their application in design, Chris Lefteri is one of the most important materials experts working in his field. For over a decade his studio work and publications have been pivotal in changing the way designers and the materials industry consider materials. In 2001 he published the first of eight books on materials and their application in design, which have been translated into six languages. These books have led the change in the way designers view and use materials. Subsequently his studio, Chris Lefteri Design, has worked with bluechip corporations and major design studios across Europe, the US and Asia implementing a broad range of strategies for effective materials integration in the design process.
Born in Groningen, Netherlands, in 1952
Wolfram Peters studied industrial design at the Technical University in Delft. In 1978, he was co-founder of npk design, a successful design agency with about 40 employees in studios in Leiden and Hamburg. npk is involved in all aspects of product development and has won many design awards in industrial, public and graphic design.
Born in Belgium in 1963
Has an artistic education, the Art Institute first and then the ISIA (High School of Industrial Design) in Florence, that constantly bring him towards experimentation. He is interested in issues regarding industrialization, and in 1991 is among the members of the international designers’ team in the French company Allibert, where he works and becomes a manager until 1997.
In 1999 he opens his own studio in Milan, goes back to research projects, and for several years conceives and organizes exhibitions that allow him to elaborate on his analyses and theories on perception and cross-contamination of daily-life objects.
He collaborates with Italian and international companies and has taught in several universities.
Since 2006 he is consultant in Design and Innovation for the maison Hermès.
Recentely has been presented the exhibition CHE FARE in collaboration with Enzo Mari and he just present the METEORITE book, where he talk about the project process.