A collective of 12 ‘makers’ involved with the ‘Room for the River’ program has won the Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize 2018. The prize goes to all politicians, designers and others involved in the project that contributes to the protection of the Dutch river area against flooding and improves spatial quality at the same time. The award ceremony will take place on 16 November in the Kunsthal Rotterdam.
The prize will be presented on Friday 16 November in the Kunsthal Rotterdam by Ahmed Aboutaleb, mayor of Rotterdam and chairman of the board of the Rotterdam-Maaskant Foundation. The award is based on the nomination of a jury consisting of chairman Henk Ovink (water envoy, Kingdom of the Netherlands), Thijs Barendse (program maker, director De Dépendance), Rients Dijkstra (professor Urban Design TU Delft), Wim van de Donk (King commissionair for the province of North Brabant) and Petra Rutten (director of the Frame Real Estate).
The Rotterdam-Maaskant Prize is a biennial prize for one or more people who significantly stimulate the debate on architecture, landscape design and urban planning with publications, education or commissioning. The price was set in 1978 by the Rotterdam architect Hugh Maaskant and consists of a certificate and a sum of € 25,000.
In the odd years, the ‘Young’ Maaskant Prize is awarded, an incentive prize for young architects, landscape architects or urban designers not older than 35 years.
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