The present award regulations (‘the Regulations’) lists out the rules of participation to the namely ‘TERRAFIBRA Award, Global Award in contemporary earthen and plant fibre-based architectures’ (‘the Award’). These Regulations establish the relations between the Award organisers on the one hand, and Award candidates on the other hand. By taking part to the Award competition, candidates consent and commit to respecting the rights and obligations as listed in these Regulations.
ARTICLE 1 – AWARD ORGANISERS
This Award is organised by Grands Ateliers Innovations Architecture and amàco, in partnership with CRAterre and ETH Zurich (‘the Organisers’).
The Award coordination is managed by Grands Ateliers Innovations Architecture, single point of contact for candidates.
Any questions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTICLE 2 – CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
The Award is open to new or renovated buildings, built on any continent, with a significant quantity of earth and/or plant-based material, and completed after January 2010.
It rewards teams who use earthen techniques and/or plant fibres in their buildings, by offering innovative solutions, valuing local resources and know-how while taking into account the aesthetics value. The Organisers’ objective is to promote the current dynamic which favours construction with local bio sourced and mineral materials.
The Award relates to all earthen building techniques: rammed earth, adobe, cob, CEB, etc. and techniques involving the use of plant fibres: bamboo, reed, hemp, flax, straw, seagrass, mycelium, seaweed, etc.
As there are already several awards that rewards wooden structures, those are not eligible to the TERRAFIBRA Award, unless wood is combined with earth or one or several bio sourced materials.
Structures made out of living plants can qualify as plant-based constructions, on the condition that either the structure itself or its environmental performance be largely based on those.
This Award is international, free of charge and open to all. Any stakeholder of a given project can apply: client, contractor, design studios, companies.
At the time of applying, the name of each member of the team must be provided in the online form. They will be considered co-authors of the Project just as much as the team lead.
One candidate may submit several projects. There must be one application per project.
ARTICLE 3 – CATEGORIES
There are 10 categories, within which the projects will fall:
- Local development
- Public cultural facilities
- Public education and sports facilities
- Commercial buildings
- Collective housing
- Individual housing
- Interior design
- Installation art (outdoor or indoor)
- Educational project
ARTICLE 4 – REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
- In May 2021, a pre-selection panel will choose 40 finalist projects among the eligible candidates. Those will feature in a book as well as a travelling exhibition.
- In September 2021, a jury of honour will select a winner for each of those 10 categories among those 40 projects.
Additionally, members of the jury may choose to award special prizes to some projects.
ARTICLE 6 – JURY SELECTION
The two juries will feature renowned international professionals, representatives of institutions, and stakeholders of the earthen and plant fibre-based construction industry.
Jury composition may change at any point, to the discretion of the Organisers.
- Is the building adapted to the current and future climatic, energetic and societal context?
- Is the building harmoniously integrated with its surroundings?
- Does the building bring an added value to local people and the territory in which it is implanted?
- Is the building performing from an eco-responsibility perspective?
- Is the building promoting earth and/or plant fibres?
- Are the technical solutions chosen relevant and innovative?
- Ecology: the building is built in locally sourced materials and is integrated in its surroundings.
- Social: the building contributes to the personal and social fulfilment of its users and the local population. $ Culture: the building helps to protect and pass on local heritage.
- Economy: the building reinforces the autonomy of local communities and promotes local resources.
- Those criteria may change along the way, to the discretion of Organisers, until the closure of the Award.
Candidates declare that they own all of the rights on the Project submitted for consideration to the Award. This protects the Organisers against any problem, plea, action or claim from a third party over the Project submitted as well as the rights transferred as listed in Article 9 of the Regulations.