2023 Metropolis Planet Awards Winners

2023 Metropolis Planet Awards Winners

METROPOLIS’s Planet Positive Awards honor the most innovative projects and products from around the world that benefit people and the planet, as well as companies and professionals leading the way to a better built environment. Judged by four expert panels across project types and product categories, the winners listed below represent today’s highest achievements in design that addresses climate change, ecosystem health, human health, and equity.

Watch the 2023 Planet Positive Awards on-demand, and see past winners of the METROPOLIS Awards program.

Workplace and education

Through adaptive reuse, mass timber construction, and a host of other sustainable strategies, our workplace and education projects achieve ambitious milestones for planet positive design. Many organizations also use these projects to engage communities, whether that be staff, students, local groups or the wider public.

Judges: Drew ShulaFounder and CEO of Verdical Group and The Net Zero Conference; Jane MassingarpExecutive Director, AIA Chicago; Avi RajagopalEditor-in-Chief, Metropolis

Civil and cultural

Cultural projects typically focus on the needs and behaviors of guests and visitors – making them unique opportunities to inform and excite people about the possibilities of positive planetary design.

Judges: Ingrid SpencerExecutive Director, AIA Austin; Kyle PickettCo-Founder and Vice Chairman, William J. Worthen Foundation; Avi RajagopalEditor-in-Chief, Metropolis

Multifamily and mixed use

Through direct interaction with citizens, mixed-use and multifamily projects often combine private amenities with public benefits. Sensitive programmes, in-depth environmental study, and stakeholder engagement can help these projects transform urban life for the better.

Judges: Ingrid SpencerExecutive Director, AIA Austin; Kyle PickettCo-Founder and Vice Chairman, William J. Worthen Foundation; Avi RajagopalEditor-in-Chief, Metropolis

Single family home

Housing is a major challenge around the world – from designing homes for resilience to building healthy homes at the scale required for resource-efficient and nurturing communities. Successful projects address these challenges without contributing to the climate crisis.

Judges: Ingrid SpencerExecutive Director, AIA Austin; Kyle PickettCo-Founder and Vice Chairman, William J. Worthen Foundation; Avi RajagopalEditor-in-Chief, Metropolis

Aesthetic view

Parks, public squares, waterfronts, gardens and other outdoor works are vital in improving the quality of life in cities and communities. Through in-depth environmental study and thoughtful development of low-impact technologies, these projects also transform public spaces into sustainable environments.

Judges: Ingrid SpencerExecutive Director, AIA Austin; Kyle PickettCo-Founder and Vice Chairman, William J. Worthen Foundation; Avi RajagopalEditor-in-Chief, Metropolis

innovation

Sustainability certifications aren’t the only signs of positive planet design. Creative strategies for carbon reduction, meaningful engagement with communities, and design for health and wellness often lead to innovative projects.

Judges: James WasleyProfessor, Department of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Paula MiltonManaging Editor, BuildingGreen, Inc

products

No building project today will be able to achieve a high level of energy, carbon or health performance without the right key elements. Today’s architectural and interior products represent the latest sustainable innovations, in the built environment and beyond, and take new, holistic approaches on all fronts – aesthetics, material innovation, and impacts on human health and well-being.

Judges: Verda Alexandersenior editor at Metropolis and co-founder of Studio O+A; Rerick himDirector of ZGF Architects; Kelly BeamonDeputy Editor, Metropolis; Avi RajagopalEditor-in-Chief, Metropolis

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