The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced its 2016 awards shortlist, with the UK, Turkey and Australia nominated for the highest amount of projects. The not-so-shortlist features 343 projects from homes to shops, schools and landscape projects, by major firms such as Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, AHMM, Bjarke Ingels Group and Neri & Hu, alongside smaller practices unknown outside their home countries, given the opportunity for global recognition.
Below is a small selection of the projects nominated for this year’s awards, which will be judged by a panel at WAF in Berlin from 16—18 November. Winners of 32 categories will compete for World Building of the Year and Future Project of the Year. Last year’s World Building of the Year winner was The Interlace in Singapore by OMA.
- M/M (Paris) and the ongoing conversations that define its practice
- Mari Kanstad Johnson's wonderful work picks apart complex narratives
- Bradley Pinkerton’s projects combine handmade gestures with scanned-in textures
- Roberts Rurans uses acrylic paint to add depth and warmth to his illustrations
- The prodigal return of “iconoclastic” artist Danny Fox
- Jump into the world of Ben Jones’ post-internet, psychedelic paintings
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books