Dorte Mandrup receives the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

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On Friday 14 October, Dorte Mandrup recieves the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture at a ceremony at the Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine in Paris. Together with Anupama Kundoo, Martin Rauch, Gilles Clément and Yalin Architectural Design, she is recognised for her commitment to a more equitable and sustainable development of the architectural practice. Each year the jury presents their selection of winners under a special theme to make the complex issue of sustainability more concrete. This year under the headline: 'Territory: threat or opportunity?'. The five recipients are all acknowledged for their highly contextual and experimental approach to architecture.  

"The place is always our first source of inspiration. It is not about imitating what is there but trying to understand the entire context, which is far bigger than the mere physical context. Several parameters are informing our design – geography, climate, culture, history, individual and collective memories.  As architects, we have an opportunity to enhance the understanding and experience of each place by conveying something contextually unique. Therefore, I am very honoured to receive an award that focuses on the importance of place in the development of sustainable and socially responsible architecture," says Dorte Mandrup, founder and creative director.

The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture was founded in 2006 by architect and professor Jana Revedin in collaboration with Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine. In 2010 the award was placed under high patronage of UNESCO. Each year five architects are awarded for their work towards a sustainable architectural ethic that promotes fairness, innovation, social responsibility, and sustainable development of architecture and urban renewal. Dorte Mandrup joins the Global Award Community which consists of 75 renowned architects from around the globe, including Alejandro Aravena, Tatiana Bilbao, Kengu Kuma, Jan Gehl, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Phillipe Vassal and Francis Kéré who received the Pritzker Prize earlier this year.

Guided by the place
Dorte Mandrup receives the award while our traveling exhibition PLACE is on display at Le Bicolore – Maison du Danemark on Champs-Élysées. From the yellow-brown marshes of the Wadden Sea to the breath-takingly vast scale of the Arctic and the difficult memories of war, flight and expulsion imprinted on the ruins of Anhalter Bahnhof, the exhibition tells the story of architecture’s poetic significance and its ability to heighten our attention to each site, landscape, and terrain.   

Read about the exhibition here.

The laurates of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture will take part in a symposium on Friday 14 October in the auditorium of the Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine. The winners will be exhibited at the museum from 14 October 2022 to 30 January 2023.

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Portrait of Dorte Mandrup: Felix Odell
Photos (Ilulissat Icefjord Centre & Wadden Sea Centre): Adam Mørk