2013 celebrated the 20th Anniversary of our GAGAs. Our competition has gone from strength to strength and over 1,000 projects have been analysed and mulled over by our judging panels. The diversity and range has always been a feature of the entries ranging from the beautifully detailed projects of P. Johnson and Andy Scott to the glorious Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool and The Eden Project.
Our public vote to select the Winners’ Winner from the last two decades resulted in a large number of votes with the overwhelming winner being South Porch Gates, Scotland. Will Alsop opened the ceremony with a confession that his GAGA galvanized watering can was one of his favourite prize Gordon Talbot from Ian Ritchie Architects emphasised the important role that galvanized steel plays within their design philosophy.
The importance of galvanizing both from a design and sustainable point of view is reflected by a number of projects featured in this issue such as the Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Works that is reminiscent of the ancient English Long Barrow and the new sustainable projects from the recent international exhibition in Hamburg.
And let’s not forget the innovative and beautifully atmospheric sports facility in Valencia.