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Talk Obel Awards 2023


The OBEL AWARD is an international prize and never limits the consideration of eligible projects due to nationality, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, ideology, or age. A select group of professionals worldwide is invited to submit suggestions that comply with the annual focus and the overarching goals of the award.

Therefore, unlike other awards, there is no formal application process, and self-nominations are not solicited. The jury of professionals, who are leaders in their respective fields and can understand and appreciate the larger context, select the winning work. The jury comprises five to seven members with strong architectural profiles or distinguished professionals from other related backgrounds. Members serve for a term of three years, while the jury chair serves for a six-year period. The specific focus of the year and the winning project are the exclusive responsibilities of the jury.

In the occasion of UIA 2023 Conference, Ricardo Devesa curated, interviewed and published in urbanNext these eleven interviews to some of the winners and juries of the Obel Award Talks: Martha Thorne, Anna Heringer, Xu Tiantian, Reinier de Graaf, Junya Ishigami, Carlos Moreno, Sam Draper and Barney Shanks, Lina Gothme, Matthias Schuler and Nathalie de Vries.


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