2A Magazine: As part of its growing activities, 2A is now organizing 2A Continental Architectural Awards for Asia and Europe as an annual event. The event will highlight world achievements in Architecture and in terms of contemporary challenges of the field.
Such challenges include: the great diversity of design ideologies and methodologies, new advanced technologies, communications and digital media, new social sensitivities, new technologies in sustainability, and periodic times of economic slowdown. 2A Continental Architectural Award will be a landmark and turning point allowing practitioners to pause and reflect upon what the continents, as part of global community, have achieved in the field of Architecture, what we have done wrong, and where we go from here.
Architecture is an art and profession, which plays a multi-dimensional role in any society. Its function and responsibility is not merely to create beautiful living spaces, it has to reflect and respond to the social, cultural and economical needs and challenges of that specific society, country, region or continent.
2A, specialized and well- known architectural magazine could be a sensitive and effective media element which can reflect an actual image of architecture by focusing on different regional architecture and promote and reintroduce the importance and necessities of considering cultural identity of various regions by publishing articles in the Magazine, and also by using other ways such as 2A Asia Architecture Award, and starting in 2017 Europe Architecture Award, in the following years, which will focus and encourage both the young and professional architects to be more attentive to each continents cultural and regional needs.
For instance Asia is now engaged in creating and designing buildings and cities that are relevant to their particular geographies. The Asia Architecture Award was an attempt to offer a long overdue recognition to a whole new class of Asian architects.
The 2A Asia Architecture Award goal was and will be, to avoid the extinction of cultural identity in architecture and emphasis on these unique distinctions rather than global modernism. The competition is designed to highlight and recognize essence of Asian Architecture and present them to the audience. For example cultural memory, continuity and integrity is of the essence.
I believe the architectural approaches must successfully reflect the real picture of architecture in any region, which is able to respond to the real cultural, social, and spiritual inclinations and needs of its people.
2A magazine by organizing events such as 2A Continental Architectural Award hopes to achieve a broader goal, which is by bringing Architects whom are also creative artists, together and providing an opportunity for sharing and inter- acting, and help to enhance peace, love and unity among various people from different regions, countries and continents.
Which in subtle ways will spread the wave of unity, friendship and peace around the world.
I have coordinated many professional, individual and groups whom are actively involved in organization of 2A Asian and European Architectural Awards.
2A Magazine – Editor in Chief, Head of Organizing Committee of the 2A Continental Architectural Award