Torsanlorenzo International Prize VIII Edizion, May 21st, 2011
On year 2011 it has been the eighth time of calling for tender for the Torsanlorenzo International Prize. The Italian Torsanlorenzo Gruppo Florvivaistico is a high-standard, big family enterprise, which is specializes in the propagation and marketing of Mediterranean plants in collaboration with several research centres and universities.
Professionals from all around the world can send in their projects. Architect or landscape architect Chamber membership is required for all entries.
An important term is that only projects that have been executed and have not won any other prize, may be sent in.
The international Jury Board consists of independent specialists delegated by the following architecture and landscape architecture organizations: UIA, IFLA, ASLA, EFLA, FEAP, CNAPPC (Consiglio Nazionale degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Conservatori, Paesaggisti), CONAF (Consiglio dell’Ordine Nazionale dei Dottori Agronomi e dei Dottori Forestali), AIAPP (Associazione italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio) and Mario Margheriti, the Head of Torsanlorenzo Gruppo Florovivaistico.
The posters of the winners were exhibited at the Euroflora Flower Show in Genoa, and at the awards ceremony of Torsanlorenzo International Prize. All 46 entries in full length were published in a separate competition catalogue.
First and second prizes were announced in the following three categories:
– Section A – Landscape architecture in transforming regions. Projects for renewing and restoring the environment.
– Section B – Urban green areas. Quality of urban projects – squares, neighbourhood green spaces, urban and private parks.
– Section C – Private gardens in the city and in the suburbs.
We were very glad to receive the e-mail letting us know that the we have won second prize in Section A for our entry presenting the Bath- and Community Building Kaláka Movement in Seklerland, that have been continually ongoing for 10 years in Transylvania.
We were invited for the Awards Ceremony, that took place in Ardea, nearby Rome on May 21th, 2011.
The Prize was handed out to Azadeh Rahnama, representing all the volunteers of the Kaláka Movement.
The jury summarized the merit of the project as the following:
PROJECT INTERESTING FOR ITS PARTICIPATION OF THE LOCAL VOLUNTEER WORK FROM HANDCRAFT SKILLS, MATERIALS, ACCOMMODATION OR FOOD AND PRAYER AND PERFORMED WITH RESPECT OF NATURE S FEATURES AND TREASURES.
We are particularly happy about receiving an international award for the work of the Kaláka Movement. This way the reputation of the kalákas can spread even further. 2011 is the Year of Voluntarism in Europe and it is very rejoicing when more people hear about the importance of voluntary work, and the responsibility of individuals for the landscape.