News | August 18th 2022

Two CBT Projects Shortlisted to 2022 WAN Awards

TWO CBT projects have been named to this year’s WAN Awards shortlist! The World Architecture News Awards is an international competition which recognizes outstanding, innovative, and imaginative architecture from around the globe and across a range of typologies. This year, we are proud to announce that both 585 Kendall and the Abu Dhabi Climate Resilience Initiative have been recognized as finalists in the 2022 competition – 585 Kendall in the Future Projects – Commercial category, and the Abu Dhabi Climate Resilience Initiative in the Specialist – Small Spaces category. Winners will be announced this fall at the virtual awards ceremony on November 16-17. 

A super-hybrid building where science and art converge, 585 Kendall brings nature, performance, music, community, and life sciences together in the heart of Cambridge’s Kendall Square. The project represents the confluence of nature and the built environment, intended to attract a diverse public. The first three levels will feature multiple public functions – a 380-seat theater, winter garden, retail, multi-function space, and lounges – while upper levels house 50,000 sf of lab, creating a new, community-focused paradigm for next-gen lab buildings.  

In a neighborhood seeking to close the divide between the life sciences and arts communities, 585 Kendall is the true culmination of many voices that will give life to a welcoming and accessible environment for all. 

Learn more about 585 Kendall here

The Abu Dhabi Climate Resilience Initiative is a citywide public realm improvement program focused on improving pedestrian thermal comfort levels in an outdoor, desert climate through a series of tactical urban interventions. The program introduces three prototypical climate intervention pilots focused on human comfort, passive design, and replicability: a pocket park, mosque plaza, and an urban intersection. Employing climate science, extensive urban research, and rigorous testing, the Initiative implements a combination of climate-sensitive strategies to reduce urban heat island effects in an environmentally responsible way. The resulting multi-layered design strategy – which simultaneously addresses direct and indirect solar gain, wind channeling, evaporative cooling, and use of local materials – offers a proven methodology which can be used to significantly inform resiliency efforts in cities worldwide. 

Learn more about the Abu Dhabi Climate Resilience Initiative here

Congratulations to all the finalists! See you this fall!