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THE AWARD CEREMONY OF THE
eighth edition
April 14, 2010 università degli studi, ca’ granda MILANO

April 14, 2010 università degli studi, ca’ granda MILANO

The winners of the Grand Prix 2007-2009 have been awarded their prizes by Franco Manfredini - Casalgrande Padana President and by the international jury in the renowned Aula Magna (main hall) of the Università degli Studi di Milano, the ceremony will be also attended by key figures of the architecture culture and design world. This choice is consistent with the last editions of the Grand Prix, which also took place in equally renowned sites, like the Palazzo della Triennale di Milano (Milan) in 2003, The Scuola Grande di S. Giovanni Evangelista (Venice) in 2005 and the Salone dei Cinquecento, in Palazzo Vecchio (Florence) in 2007.

Proof of the strong link between Casalgrande Padana and qualità architecture and designers is theGrand Prix celebration of its twentieth anniversary in 2010. In this context, the Milan meeting represents also an occasion to draw up a balance of a cultural operation that grew and developed over time, acquiring a key reference role in the whole sector.

Over the last twenty years ceramic materials in general, and porcelain stoneware in particular, have further evolved on the aesthetic and performance level, resuming their leading role in the construction industry. Proof of this is given by the history of Grand Prix: over the years it has gradually evolved and featured a gradual increase in use of those products in works and installation of great architectural value, at the same time reporting an increasing diversification in the fields of intervention, in the application techniques and in the designers' interpretation modalities. The ceremonyhas been the key moment to start the Grand Prix ninth edition, to which all designers that creatively experiment and use Casalgrande Padana materials excellent aesthetic and performance qualities in their experiments and creative endeavours are invited.

Shopping centres

Facades

Public buildings

Residential buildings

The ninth edition of the Grand Prix international architecture competition, promoted and held by Casalgrande Padana, saw the participation of over 250 designers, from all over the world, and top-level projects. The turnout was testimony to the growing popularity and appreciation of ceramic materials in the building sector. The architectural scene emerging clearly in this edition, as well as in the past ones, effectively highlights not only the intrinsic properties of stoneware tiles, but first and foremost their ability to relentlessly evolve in order to cater for different needs and applications in terms of scope, operational techniques and designer’s taste. For over 20 years, Grand Prix has followed product and architectural application development processes closely, confirming its international vocation. The submitted projects were examined and assessed by an international jury, chaired by Franco Manfredini, President of Casalgrande Padana and comprised of:

Alfonso Acocella
Architect, Firenze (I) Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ferrara
Giuseppe Cappochin,
Architect, Padova (I)
Designate of the National Council of Architects - Roma
Biagio Furiozzi,
Architect, Firenze (I)
Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Firenze
Ferdinando Gottard,
Architect, Gorizia (I)
Director of "Azero"
Joelle Letessier,
Architect, Parigi (F)
Director of "Archicréé"
Sebastian Redecke,
Architect, Berlino (D)
Director of "Bauwelt"
Matteo Vercelloni,
Architect, Milano (I)
Journalist Architecture critic
The jury gathered on 30 November 2012 and, having thoroughly discussed the projects, selected the most noteworthy. Subsequently, it assigned the three prizes for each category as well as the special mentions. The following works were selected for each different project category to win the 2010-2012 Grand Prix.

Alfonso Acocella, Architect, Firenze (I)

Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ferrara

Biagio Furiozzi, ,

Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Firenze

Tersilla Giacobone,, Journalist specialized in Design,

contributor for Interni Magazine (Mondadori) Milano (I)

Luca Gibello, ,

Editor in Chief of the Il Giornale dell’Architettura

Massimo Iosa Ghini,, Architect, Bologna (I)

Studio Iosa Ghini Associati Bologna/Milano

Joelle Letessier, ,

Director of "Archicréé" magazine

Nevio Parmeggiani,, Architect, Bologna (I)

Designate of the National Council of Architects - Roma

Sebastian Redecke,, Architect, Berlino (D)

Director of "Bauwelt" magazine

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