Schindler Global Award 2019
France takes First Prize with Winners from Around the World
by Prashant Kapadia/NHN
Mumbai: A team of two students from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Grenoble, France won the US$ 25,000 first prize in 2019 Schindler Global Award (SGA), for their project “Flood Me if You Can.” The SGA, now in its third cycle, is the leading international student urban design competition. Students were asked to respond to the competition brief, titled “Leapfrogging Development: Urban Transformation in Mumbai.” A jury of experts and practitioners, including Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV, Momoyo Kajima of Atelier Bow-Wow, and Rahul Mehrotra of Harvard University, among others, awarded 12 prizes with a total prize value of US$ 105,000.
“What impressed all the judges was not just the creativity and detail of the competition entries, but the intelligence and sensitivity they applied to balancing sustainable habitats with sustainable communities and sustaining cultures” said Neil Runcieman, Head of Employee and Customer Communication Schindler Group.
Urbanization presents some of the greatest challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The SGA asks students of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and planning to contribute their ideas towards a better urban future. The 2019 competition used Mumbai as its site, focusing on the urban transformation of a large waterfront area, with a focus on mobility. On May 10, 2019 the results of the competition were revealed in an award ceremony held in Mumbai.Schindler Group hosted the Schindler Global Award 2019 with academic partners ETH Zurich and the University of Liechtenstein. The Schindler Award was established in 2003, and went global in 2015. The SGA competition in Mumbai, India follows competitions sited in São Paulo, Brazil in 2017, and Shenzhen, China in 2015. Over the years students have been challenged to look at how these international megacities could be improved through specific urban design ideas, addressing environmental, social and spatial conditions, along with attention to political and economic forces.
Hundreds of student teams from around the world have competed in the Schindler Global Award since its inception. The SGA offers students a unique and vital chance for students to engage in a global exchange about urbanization. The SGA 2019 publication presents the results of the competition, along with insights from a diversity of experts about sustainable urban development.
Schindler about Schindler Global Award
Schindler was founded in 1874 in Lucerne, Switzerland, and is today one of the world’s leading providers of elevators, escalators, and moving walks. Schindler designs, develops, manufactures, installs, maintains and modernizes elevators, escalators and moving walks. We’re also experts in developing innovative technologies and systems that combine our products into urban mobility solutions. The Schindler Group has more than 1,000 branch offices in over 100 countries worldwide, as well as production sites and research and development facilities in the USA, Brazil, Europe, China, and India. Over one billion people use Schindler urban mobility solutions every day.
Why the Schindler Global Award?
The Schindler Global Award is part of our company’s commitment to building sustainable urban environments. Since 1874, when we began making our first elevators near Lucerne, Switzerland, we have seen the cities of the world rise and grow – and we have played a large part in helping to build them. In the 20th century we made it possible for buildings – and people – to rise vertically above the earth’s surface to heights inconceivable in any earlier age. In the 21st century our cities present a new kind of challenge, as growing urbanization and globalization catalyze environmental, social and other changes. The Schindler Global Award is our effort to respond to the challenges of our current and future cities, by supporting those who will go on to create them: today’s students.
Schindler and the City
We make elevators, but we see the city as a skyline of interconnected vertical and horizontal mobility networks. From sky lobbies to train stations, our products help people move freely, safely and comfortably. We feel responsible for pushing forward innovations that support sustainable cities. All of our products are designed with efficient, energy conserving materials and manufacturing. Since 2004 Schindler has been certified to ISO 14001, a global third-party environmental management standard. When cities seek to integrate their public transportation infrastructure into the urban fabric of the 21st century, we make it happen. When buildings need complex traffic management systems to handle tens of thousands of daily movements by occupants, we have solutions. From the coordinated movements of multiple elevator zones in a skyscraper, to people travelling from home to work and back again, to a family riding up to their apartment from an underground car park, Schindler helps make cities possible.
Elevate or Escalate, Either Way We’re Going UP!
Since the launch of the modern-day elevator with Elisha Otis’s demonstration of the first mechanical safety system in 1854, our industry has scaled ever-higher heights, carried ever-larger traffic loads and met ever-changing environmental demands. At Schindler, we have always worked closely with architects, planners, developers and aligned industries to design and deliver safe, comfortable, convenient and highly efficient vertical mobility solutions. Schindler has innovated many times, making elevator travel faster, more sustainable and suitable for more and more complex projects. Destination management was our innovation; it is now becoming the accepted standard for both passenger comfort and building efficiency worldwide. Today, with The PORT Technology and the new myPORT, we still lead the world in elevator innovation.
Vertical Mobility as an Urban Service
We have a legacy of over 140 years of being not only a successful commercial company, but also of providing a vital public transport infrastructure service – the only public transport service in the world that is completely unsubsidized yet free to use around the clock! We take our duty of service very seriously; we see ourselves as an urban service provider to the billion-plus people who use our products every day. Over half of all Schindler employees (there are over 57,000 of us in total) work in installation and maintenance, yet we’re about much more than nuts and bolts. One of our latest innovations is a suite of digital apps that help our technicians care for our elevators. We worked with MIT to develop them, and made a movie about it with Apple. These apps help our engineers keep our products working optimally, safely and around the clock. They help to give our customers an instant overview or details about all or any of the elevators or escalators in their real estate portfolio – and they take you where you need to go