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Editorial Why do we give awards? The main price last year, the European Steel Design Does it have an effect, in any Award of Excellence, which was awarded in Copenhagen, way, and if so, is it positive? went to Robert College Murat Karamancı, a reuse-in-place Certainly, there are awards project in Istanbul. The reuse of steel elements and whole handed out all over the place, structures is an important part of the circular economy, and the building industry has heralded by the EU, and necessary to limit the havocs of no shortage of back patting climate change. It is somewhat of a paradox, to be in the and fancy prices. business of building, and to realize the necessity of cutting The ECCS has two down on environmental emissions. The maximization of prices, ECCS’ European Steel tonnage has long been a goal in certain parts of the steel Design Awards and European industry. In a time when the world is burning, we can’t Steel Bridge Awards, handed keep thinking in the old ways that set it alight. Using ma- out on alternate years. I’ve terials where they are best suited to the task, and for nec- Lasse Kilvær had the privilege of chairing essary tasks, in minimal, technically advanced, and beauti- the Awards and Architecture committee, the committee ful ways, is one of ways for the building industry to move responsible for the awards, for the last four years. The Steel forwards. Reusing components and whole structures is Design Awards was at that time a European price in name another. only: it was given equally to every nominated contestant, Steel is at its very best when spanning the abyss, it is one from each member country, like medals in a childrens in well-designed bridges all of steel’s abilities are best ex- contest. It was a system that didn’t ensure quality or in- posed. And with parametric design, robotization, and new creased attention to the finest projects. The design award ways of thinking about the social, about transport and has since then been reformed to work more like the Steel about connections, the design and use of bridges is still Bridge Awards: with selected finalist, main category win- evolving. If these awards can give attention to these devel- ners, and special awards. opments, and make them more influential faster, that Choosing finalists and winners is the point and the would be a positive outcome. This is why awarding what privilege of the European Jury; which this year includes, we believe is Europe’s best bridges, all things considered, amongst others, a distinguished local architect, the presi- might have some meaning. And so we present to you, the dent of the European Engineers Association and the presi- reader, the finalists of this year’s European Steel Bridge dent of the European Architects Association. It is a highly Awards. Hopefully, you will find inspiration in the follow- th capable jury, filled with experts and professionals. But how ing pages, and perhaps select your own paragons. On 11 do we rate built projects? What is it that makes a certain of September in Prague we can compare notes, when we bridge, in the case of the Bridge awards, better than an- reveal the bridges that we have judged to be Europe’s other? We work with a set of principles that the bridges finest. are rated against, such as sustainability, high technical level, etc. These qualities are important, and the principles are necessary as a guide, but it is far from a precise exer- cise. Rather, in the end, it seems to me that it is some sort of feeling of soundness, excellence, or worthiness, that in the end wins the jury over. Added to that, if there is a trend or evolution within the industry, that an entrant represents Lasse Kilvær in an excellent way, that project might have an edge on the Chairperson, ECCS AC4 Awards and Architecture competition. Committee © Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin · Steel Construction 11 (2018), No. 3 177 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Steel Construction: Design and Research Wiley

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Abstract

Why do we give awards? The main price last year, the European Steel Design Does it have an effect, in any Award of Excellence, which was awarded in Copenhagen, way, and if so, is it positive? went to Robert College Murat Karamancı, a reuse-in-place Certainly, there are awards project in Istanbul. The reuse of steel elements and whole handed out all over the place, structures is an important part of the circular economy, and the building industry has heralded by the EU, and necessary to limit the havocs of no shortage of back patting climate change. It is somewhat of a paradox, to be in the and fancy prices. business of building, and to realize the necessity of cutting The ECCS has two down on environmental emissions. The maximization of prices, ECCS’ European Steel tonnage has long been a goal in certain parts of the steel Design Awards and European industry. In a time when the world is burning, we can’t Steel Bridge Awards, handed keep thinking in the old ways that set it alight. Using ma- out on alternate years. I’ve terials where they are best suited to the task, and for nec- Lasse Kilvær had the privilege of chairing essary tasks, in minimal, technically advanced, and beauti- the Awards and Architecture committee, the committee ful ways, is one of ways for the building industry to move responsible for the awards, for the last four years. The Steel forwards. Reusing components and whole structures is Design Awards was at that time a European price in name another. only: it was given equally to every nominated contestant, Steel is at its very best when spanning the abyss, it is one from each member country, like medals in a childrens in well-designed bridges all of steel’s abilities are best ex- contest. It was a system that didn’t ensure quality or in- posed. And with parametric design, robotization, and new creased attention to the finest projects. The design award ways of thinking about the social, about transport and has since then been reformed to work more like the Steel about connections, the design and use of bridges is still Bridge Awards: with selected finalist, main category win- evolving. If these awards can give attention to these devel- ners, and special awards. opments, and make them more influential faster, that Choosing finalists and winners is the point and the would be a positive outcome. This is why awarding what privilege of the European Jury; which this year includes, we believe is Europe’s best bridges, all things considered, amongst others, a distinguished local architect, the presi- might have some meaning. And so we present to you, the dent of the European Engineers Association and the presi- reader, the finalists of this year’s European Steel Bridge dent of the European Architects Association. It is a highly Awards. Hopefully, you will find inspiration in the follow- th capable jury, filled with experts and professionals. But how ing pages, and perhaps select your own paragons. On 11 do we rate built projects? What is it that makes a certain of September in Prague we can compare notes, when we bridge, in the case of the Bridge awards, better than an- reveal the bridges that we have judged to be Europe’s other? We work with a set of principles that the bridges finest. are rated against, such as sustainability, high technical level, etc. These qualities are important, and the principles are necessary as a guide, but it is far from a precise exer- cise. Rather, in the end, it seems to me that it is some sort of feeling of soundness, excellence, or worthiness, that in the end wins the jury over. Added to that, if there is a trend or evolution within the industry, that an entrant represents Lasse Kilvær in an excellent way, that project might have an edge on the Chairperson, ECCS AC4 Awards and Architecture competition. Committee © Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin · Steel Construction 11 (2018), No. 3 177

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