Outstanding architecture is always the result of a combination of relations and achieved balances between the architect and the promoter of the architectural work.
The Dedalo Minosse is a biennal prize that celebrates the value of the project and highlights the importance of commissioning, which is often negletted in the discussion on architecture, forgetting that a good quality building can be realized only if there is a good fusion between the architect and the client of the work.
Promoted by ALA – Assoarchitetti together with the international architecture and design magazine l’ARCA, the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building is about to start its seventh edition – 2007 / 2008, which is also the decennial from its foundation.
Free registration is open to private and public clients from all over the world. The commissioned architecture works must have been designed by a professional architect or a building engineer and been completed over the last five years.
There are 4 main awards and other special awards conferred by the review l’ARCA, the main sponsor Caodro Lucernari and by other Patron Bodies and Supporters. Among the special awards, one is dedicated to Italian architects and another one to young architects or rather to Clients who commissioned works to under 40 professional architects.
The subscription campaign starts on the 10th of September 2007 and closes by the end of January 2008.
The winning works will be exhibited internationally and published on a limited edition catalogue edited by l’ARCA Edizioni. Moreover, a booklet with a selection of works will be internationally distributed attached to more than 45.000 copies of the review l’ARCA.
In the past editions the Dedalo Minosse prize awarded first-class clients, among those the Airport of Kuala Lumpur, Benetton, the city of Berlino, Madrid, Palermo, Vienna, ESO, the English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish Government, Medusa Cinematografica, Nardini, National Trust of England, Porsche, Products Roche, Vodafone, with project signed by architects as Asymptote Architecture N.Y., Gae Aulenti, Dante O. Benini, Mario Botta, Gary Chang, Massimiliano Fuksas, gmp-architekten Von Gerkan, Volker Giencke, Hans Hollein, Hideto Horiike, Kisho Kurokawa, Richard Meier, Eric Owen Moss, Massimo Pica Ciamarra, Miguel Angel Roca, Piero Sartogo, Francisco Serrano, Studio 65.