With the presence of Her Excellency Mrs. Nane Annan, representing the Secretary General, and Her Excellency Mrs. Ana Botella.
The exhibition, sponsored by Ferrovial, displays the work of 28 finalists from 10 countries.
Madrid. 8 April 2002
The exhibition entitled: Integrated Communities. A society for all ages. Student Design Competition 2002, organized by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) is to be opened this evening at the United Nations Second World Assembly on Ageing 2002. The inauguration, which will be attended by Her Excellency, Mrs. Nane Annan, representing the UN Secretary General, and Her Excellency Mrs. Ana Botella, will take place at Pavilion I of IFEMA in Madrid´s Parque Juan Carlos I at 17.00. Sponsored by Ferrovial, the exhibition displays the work of 28 finalists, architecture students from ten different countries, in addition to the Spanish entrant. The exhibition will be open until 12 April.
The competition was established in 1995 with the support of the United Nations Programme on Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) as an instrument to stimulate and illustrate innovative architectural concepts and designs which provide creative approaches to the challenge of longevity and seek pragmatic solutions to the needs and aspirations of multi-generational communities.
The number of persons of age in the world is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2050, for the first time, there will be more peopled aged over 60 than under 15 years, and the fastest-growing segment will be the over-80s. This demographic change has profound economic and social implications that require a change of attitude. The creation and implementation of policies to cater for this demand and enable people of age to live productive, safe lives is, therefore, a vital priority for international policy and is reflected by the ICCC in proposals and awareness-raising programs aimed at stimulating global dialog about aging.
Award-winning architectural projects
A total of 275 entries were received from 31 countries on the five continents. The jury, comprised of gerontologists and architects, chose a total of 28 finalists from 10 countries, from Azerbaijan to Bulgaria, Canada, China, Ecuador, Japan, Russia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and the United States. The first prize was awarded to Sa-si Veerasethakul, of Thailand´s Khon Kaen University; the second price went to Oleg Zenkov, of the Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture and Fine Arts in Russia, and the third prize to Lee Hau Pan of the Department of Agriculture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. There were also two honorable mentions: Andrew Burdick from the University of Virginia (USA) and Johnny Lu from the University of South Carolina (USA).
The competition is organized in cooperation with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the UN Programme on Ageing and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) is a not-for-profit organization that has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.