Slovenian Students Are the Award Winners of the International Urban Design and Planning Contest
Students of the Landscape Design Department of the Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Ljubljana were awarded at the international urban design and planning contest — Schindler Global Award 2017 (São Paulo, Brazil). During the competition, students from around the world presented 170 projects of spatial planning in São Paulo, which is a 12-million megalopolis and the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere.
The projects analysed the life of the modern city, in particular, the development of the transport system and the placement of socio-cultural sites. The growing social stratification and the state of the environment were named as the major problems.
Participants prepared different models of development based on a large amount of knowledge and a systematic approach to urban planning. The jury was headed by the Schindler Group academic partner — Professor Kees Christiaanse from the Swiss Higher Technical School of Zurich (ETH Zürich).
Three Award-winning Slovenian Architectural Solutions
Students Urška Eler, Nina Jakša, Dominik Jakša and Tjaša Kimovec were awarded a commendation by the organizers for their Faveloso project, and two other groups of Slovenian students received special diplomas and scholarships for the presented architectural solutions. Tadeja Ažman, Lara Bolković and Nejc Greben received a special diploma and scholarship for their Rethinking Public Space project. Tine Horvat, Barbara Kostanjšek and Petra Pečan were also awarded a diploma and scholarship for their Urban Agritecture solution. Students prepared the projects during the Studio 2 course under the guidance of Darja Matjašec assisted by Nejc Florjanc and Tomaž Pipan.
As the representatives of the Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Ljubljana have reported, the participation in international contests provides the Department of Landscape Design with an opportunity to create new solutions in urban planning with elements of landscape design. At the same time, it becomes possible to test the knowledge and skills of students at the international level.
The contest is held once every two years. The organizer is the Schindler Group in cooperation with an academic partner — Swiss Higher Technical School of Zurich (ETH Zürich). At the previous contest in 2015, the Chinese city of Shenzhen was the target of planning. Then students of the Landscape Design Department (Davor Dušanić and Maë Trémaudan under the guidance of Darja Matjašec) reached the finals presenting their Urban Village project.
This year the awards have been presented already for the fourteenth time. The absolute winner was a group of students of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Studies (FAUUSP) from São Paulo, students of the Swiss Higher Technical School of Zurich (ETH Zürich) took the second place, and students of the Fudan University (China) won the third place.