Inside the RIBA International Awards for Built Environment Day 2021

The RIBA International Awards champion buildings that change the world. This year (2021), 16 exceptional projects were awarded the RIBA International Award for Excellence.

In November 2021, the UK played host to COP26, and to mark the first Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day, RIBA International took an in-depth look at five case studies from the RIBA International Awards to discuss the different approaches and solutions to tackling the climate crisis.

Built Environment Day on 11 November aimed to create a strong profile for the Built Environment at COP, address carbon emissions from buildings for the first time and show how the built environment and UK built environment industry can be a key part of the solution.

This event considered five projects with very different building types located in different continents with individual environmental and economic conditions. The presentations and discussion showed how architects play a leading role, through their creative ability, in producing designs that help tackle global climate change and carbon emissions.

The buildings featured were:

• Alila Yangshuo, China by Vector Architects
• Msheireb Downtown Doha Masterplan, Qatar by Allies and Morrison
• Artists Retreat, Sri Lanka by Palinda Kannangara Architects
• Lille Langbro, Denmark by Wilkinson Eyre
• Polygon Gallery, Canada by Patkau Architects

Chaired by Jo Bacon, Chair of RIBA Awards Group and MD of Allies and Morrison, this online event saw a speaker from each of the chosen five projects give a brief project presentation, followed by an audience Q&A session.

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