International Urban Project Award (IUPA)

Architecture has to prove that it is strong, then and now. Technology advance, climate change, digitalisation and new developments in demographic change, a phase for workplace and mobility environments, all these reasons have become the driving forces behind the transformation of planning and design. Now, the necessary responses to the current epidemic crisis should now be included in this list. It therefore calls for both resilience and flexible solutions in architecture and urban planning.

However, the buildings around our neighborhoods are not piles of clay that can be reshaped in a short time to meet our needs. Because of this, we can only conclude that we need strong architectural and urban development that is not only flexible and responsive, but also resilient and durable.

The International Urban Project Award (IUPA), organized by Bauwelt magazine in Berlin and World Architecture Magazine in Beijing, co-organised by Messe München GmbH and MMU BAU Fenestration Co., Ltd., and directed by  the Architectural Society of China (ASC), aims to recognise outstanding new work of the year that has changed our urban lives around the world.The award draws greater attention to the social and cultural forces that empower architecture and urban development, aiming to improve the public space for urban living and ultimately achieving liveable cities for humanity.

Excellent Projects

Big Air Shougang, Beijing 2022 | Atelier TeamMinus | IUPA2021

Sara Cultural Centre | White Arkitekter | IUPA2021

LocHal | Civic Architects | IUPA2021

Paulo Mendes da Rocha + MMBB Arquitetos | Paulo Mendes da Rocha + MMBB Arquitetos | IUPA2020

Hunters Point Library | Steven Holl | IUPA2020

Tank Shanghai | OPEN | IUPA2020

Songyang Culture Neighbourhood Renovation and Regeneration | Jiakun Architects | IUPA2020

Future Innovation Campus | Earthworld | IUPA2020 

THE SHED | Diller Scofidio + Renfro | IUPA2019

赫尔辛基OODI 中央图书馆 | ALA Architects | IUPA2019



Bauwelt is a German architecture and urban design journal published biweekly. The last issue of each quarter is published as StadtBauwelt and focuses on current urban planning issues. Bauwelt was founded in 1910 and has its registered office in Berlin. Bauwelt reports in a politically independent, critical, demanding and unbiased manner about contemporary architecture in Germany, Europe and around the world.

World Architecture Magazine is a leading architecture journal in China published monthly. Founded in 1980, WA establishes a prominent platform for Chinese architectural debate and acts as a key bridge in architecture between China and the international scene. For the last two decades, WA has also created and organised the highly revered architecture award program WAACA (WA Award for Chinese Architecture).

Messe München GmbH is the operator of the Neue Messe München exhibition center, the ICM Internationales Congress Center München and the MOC Veranstaltungscenter München. 

MMU BAU Fenestration Co., Ltd. (referred to as “MMU BAU “) is a controlling subsidiary of Messe München in China, committed to providing comprehensive and high-end building system solutions for the Asian market. 

Architectural Society of China is the highest level academic organization and authoritative institution in the field of Chinese architecture, gathering the most outstanding experts, scholars, engineers and technicians in various professions in the field of Chinese architecture, and is the first-class society of State Registered Architects.