Urban Future Organization was founded in London in 1996 is seeking to address issues relating to the development of urbanity, architecture and spatiality within contemporary culture. The organization operates as a network of independent practices, each office responding to its own locale whilst being able to draw on the resources of a global collective. To date, this includes offices in Australia, China, Greece, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Scandinavia, Turkey, USA and the UK.
Members within the organization share a belief in intensive collectivity, group collaboration, and a vision for the development in architectural production and urban development. With the international incentive, the organization yet maintains the specific qualities of local diversity. Members within the organization are currently involved in all areas of architecture, including practice, higher education, and research. This holistic involvement and continual dialog between members coupled with numerous competition successes have generated a presence within the architectural design world. The result of this dynamism demonstrates an exceptional record in international and local competitions, exhibitions, built works in progress, and publications. Although there is no defined architectural ethos within the organization, there exists an unwritten though distinctive entrepreneurial, intellectual and creative spirit. This spirit, the organization, and the architectural ethos are emerging from a continuing dialog and mediation. Our ethos reflects our organization; it evolves over time. This apparent lack of a fixed identity we see as our strength. As a group our work experiments with spatial and material qualities, frequently extending and intensifying existing landscapes in the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design, ranging from urban scale through to products, interiors and furniture. We are best known for the visionary open competition wins of the Sarajevo Concert Hall (1999) competition, Castelmola Art Museum (2000), the Mount Etna North Ski resort (2002), the European HOLCIM Gold Medal and the Global HOLCIM Silver Medal won jointly for the Valle Mullini Project in Amalfi, Italy, and recently the Milazzo Habour and Castle Cable Car Regeneration project exhibited in the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
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