DAM Architecture Book Award for Ruby Press
Our publication 51N4E Skanderbeg Square Tirana won the International DAM Architecture Book Award 2018 and The Atlas of the Copenhagens got shortlisted.
The prize, that was awarded the 10th time, honors the best architectural books in a year based on criteria such as design, content, quality of material and finishing, innovation, and topicality. This year there were 238 entries from 96 architectural and art book publishers from all over the world out of which ten books got awarded and another ten got shortlisted.
This year the external jury comprised: Bernd Kuchenbeiser (designer), Vladka Kupska (Book Fair Frankfurt), Dr. Annette Ludwig (Director Gutenbergmuseum / Mainz), Martin Seelinger (architect, treasurer of the Society of Friends of DAM), Jan Wenzel (Spector Books), Stefanie Zoche (photographer). The internal jurors were: Andrea Jürges (Deputy Director DAM), Dr. Annette Becker (curator DAM), Christina Budde (education curator DAM) and Oliver Elser (curator DAM).
In their statement the jury says 51N4E Skanderbeg Square Tirana edited by Freek Persyn and Charlotte Lao Schmidt „ kicks off a publication series documenting projects by Belgian architecture studio 51N4E. Skanderbeg Square, the main plaza of Tirana, Albania, was redesigned by 51N4E together with Albanian artist Anri Sala, Belgian environmental designers Plant en Houtgoed and Albanian project management company iRI. The book presents the exciting result in a lively and clear manner. Detailed, atmospheric photos show how the square has been received by the general public and alternate with fine drawn plans and charts. The visual aspect plays the main role and is subtly complemented by pithy short descriptions. Published by Ruby Press, Chapter 1 conveys this successful and richly facetted project with lightness and diverse shifts in perspective.“
All award-winning books will be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair from October 10 to 14, 2018 (Hall 4.1, Zentrum Bild, stand K 109).