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Troppo Architects have become the first Australian practice to win the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. They will share the prize with architects from Japan, Colombia and Canada.
The prize, in its fourth year, annually honours living architects whose work has effected a regional or national move towards sustainability. Past winners have included Thomas Herzog, Bijoy Jain, and Diébédo Francis Kéré.
Jana Revedin, the Venice-based founder and curator of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, said that Troppos work fulfilled the prizes criteria, in that is: fully in step with the ethical, civil and social concerns of today; innovative in the areas of ecology, energy, material economy and technology; and progressive in its search for new standards in both housing and public architecture.
The practice was established in Darwin in 1980 on the strength of its founders, Phil Harris and Adrian Welkes, research of Australias regional architectural history. Outspoken ever since, Troppo have sought to retain a connection with the notion of place through an understanding of climate, the potential of regional resources, and local building traditions.
Today the practice has offices in Darwin, Townsville, Adelaide, Perth and Byron Bay and has been much awarded nationally, in the NT, Queensland, SA and WA. Their work also includes the Kakadu Visitor Information Centre (carried out in association with Glenn Murcutt) and numerous other cultural centres, and public and private residential work as well as work for Aboriginal communities in the remotest corners of the continent.
Troppo will present their work and thoughts on sustainability at the Global Award
Symposium at the Cité de l´Architecture, Paris on May 11 2010.