Over 500 entries were received for 15 main categories and over 20 further sections for the 2010 World Architecture Awards, which were presented at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona this November.
Outstanding projects from the 2010 line-up include Shanghai Houtan Park, in China, chosen unanimously by the judges as the World's Best Landscape, for a 'high performance but low maintenance' design which filters water from the Huangpu River through an intricate set of terraces, controls flooding uses fertile land for crops and provides new civic space; and Benjamin Garcia Saxe's A Forest for a Moon Dazzler, a bamboo house constructed in the Costa Rican rainforest for the architect's mother who likes to go to sleep looking at the moon, which won the World's Best Private House category.
The strong shortlist included a number of already high profile projects which lead their fields, with Zaha Hadid's Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI Museum in Rome also winning the award for the World's Best Culture Building at WAF 2010, and Soccer City in South Africa scooping the title of World's Best Sporting Building.
Now in it's third year, the international festival is the largest and most comprehensive of it's kind in the world. Major figures taking part as part of the Super Jury for the 2010 Awards included Japanese starchitect Arata Isozaki; MoMA curator and Columbia Professor Barry Bergdoll; the innovative and influential structural engineer Hanif Kara; co-creator of the prestigious Scottish Parliament Building Benedetta Tagliabue; and the founder of TEN Arquitectos Enrique Norten.