The Spanish team made up of Francisco Leiva Ivorra, Marta Garcia Chico, Antoni Baile Jiménez and Prócoro del Real Baeza, - Grupo Aranea, was awarded the 2015 Barbara Cappochin Prize for their landscape/planning project EL VALLE TRENZADO, at Elche Ravine, Spain. The project composes a system of footbridges integrated into the landscape, which transform the steep slopes of the geography into an accessible public space that integrates the both river and the city park. According to the jury, EL VALLE TRENZADO resolves the contemporary city's environmental problems with a brave sketch.
A special jury mention was awarded to Giancarlo Artese (‘Studio Made in Earth’, Italy) for Rana House, a residence for HIV positive children in India ; Another mention was awarded to the urban requalification project in Mestre, by architects Paolo Miotto and Mauro Sarti.
Organised every two years since 2005, the ambition of the Barbara Cappochin Prize is to spotlight the vital role of architecture in our landscape's evolution. It focuses on the periphery of cities, bio-architecture, energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning.
The prize is organised by the Barbara Cappochin Foundation and the Order of Architects, Urban Planners, Landscape Architects, and Conservationists of Padua province. The International Union of Architects has supported the prize since its creation. UIA was represented on the jury for this edition by Ms. Yolanda David Reyes, UIA first vicepresident.