They came from Afghanistan and they came from Ethiopia. They arrived from Peru and from Oman. The first Indian edition of Archiprix International attracted young architects and designers from 46 countries. Together with 1600 CEPT University students, the unleashing of creative energy was like a tidal wave bringing together a multitude of creative minds.
The next generation of architects, urban designers and landscape architects of the world, each bringing their individual perspectives and talents embraced the others resulting in new fusions. Intense workshops, presentations and dialogues with the active participation of the CEPT students emerged with serious ideas that defined possible relevant future roles for our design discipline. Ten days of intense drawing, writing, clicking, presenting, reading, watching, pondering, calculating, thinking, dreaming, projecting, model making, sharing, designing, listening led to radical concepts developed with and for the Ahmedabad community.
This celebration of the richness of global diversity was also a break-through moment in confidence for the students and young professional fraternity in South Asia as Archiprix International 2017 received a record of graduate projects from the region. The buzz created by the CEPT Archiprix Team (CAT) resulted in the submission of 31 projects from India, overtaking the United States as the country with a maximum number of participating universities for the first time.
After the inspiring key-note lectures of Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV) and Rahul Mehrotra (RMA), the HunterDouglas Awards 2017 were given to Jason Tan (Singapore), Emanuel Astete (Chile), Jonathon Donnelly and Jennifer McMaster (Australia), Yuan Jin (USA), Katarzyna Pankowska (Poland), Alexander Gebetsroither (Austria), Edgard Torres, Rodolfo Cespedes, Jonathan Mendez (Chile), and Hanna Broatch (New Zealand).
Until February 28, the Archiprix International exhibition, designed by architect Max Rink, is open for the public. Come to Ahmedabad and see the impressive collection of 2300 panels and the thought-provoking architectural models on display.