The Tangshan Quarry Park in China, by Z+T Studio, wins the Rosa Barba Casanovas International Landscape Prize 2023

The Tangshan Quarry Park in China, by Z+T Studio, wins the Rosa Barba Casanovas International Landscape Prize 2023

The Tangshan Quarry Park (China), by Z+T Studio, has won the Rosa Barba Casanovas International Landscape Prize 2023, which is announced as part of the 12th Barcelona International Landscape Biennial, promoted by the Architects’ Association of Catalonia and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) with the support of the Banc Sabadell Foundation.

According to the Rosa Barba jurors, “with the Tangshan Quarry Park outside Nanjing, China, Z&T Studio have created a thoughtful, poetic, and well-considered landscape architectural project that considers the integration of the site and its users: human and non-human. At all stages of the design process, we can see the integration of environmental, and the social ecologies, manifest in an exquisitely executed project. The outstanding narrative on the relationship between nature and people uncovering dynamic processes captivated the jurors”.

“In selecting the winner, the jury was interested in a project that representing excellence in all aspects of the design process and touching on all the points above over social and environmental impact. We wanted to select a project that would inspire others and offer a model to follow. In the same way that Rosa Barba Casanovas who organized the first biennial continues to inspire this award”.

The Tangshan Quarry Park come from the desire to transform an old abandoned limestone quarry into a biodiversity environment, a dynamic public space where citizens can experience the recovery process of flora and fauna. The park, in which four gigantic craters stand out, is located 30 km from the city of Nanjing and on the southern slope of Tangshan Mountain, in China. The project, which has an area of 40 Ha, has made it possible to restore the ecology and becomes an example for the future sustainable development of this public area in the region, with a social, economic and environmentally sustainable project.

The jurors of the Rosa Barba Casanovas International Landscape Prize 2023 are: Martha Fajardo, landscape architect; Julio Gaeta, architect, teacher and researcher; Bruno Marques, landscape architect and president of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA); Kotchakorn Voraakhom, landscape architect; and Gareth Doherty, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

The jurors also awarded honorable mention to:

  1. Creating a National Park for the West Middland (United Kingdom), led by Kathryn Moore.
  2. Delft to Cape Town (South Africa), by Tarna Klitzner Landscape Architect (TKLA).
  3. Park in the Prado neighbourhood (Colombia), by Edgar Mazo.

The International Landscape Architecture School Prize goes to the project presented by the UiT Arctic University of Norway . The School Prize jurors have also awarded two special mentions to the proposal of the Technical University of Istanbul and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

The Opinion Award, followed by all the votes of the public attending the Biennial, has gone to the Park in the Prado neighbourhood (Colombia), by Edgar Mazo.

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