The ninth edition of Grand Prix Casalgrande Padana ended on Saturday, 11 may 2013, with the final award ceremony, in the presence of the winning designers and 500 people in the suggestive ambience of Milan’s CityLife. The guest of honour to the event was Daniel Libeskind, who gave a keynote speech to present a selection of his works, including the CityLife residential project, which employed over 50,000 m2 of Casalgrande Padana-make outdoor cladding.

Issue 27 of “Percorsi in Ceramica” is entirely focused on this important event for the construction industry, where ceramic is the true protagonist.
The Grand Prix was established in 1990 from the initiative of Casalgrande Padana, which has always been particularly sensitive and attentive to the evolution and innovation involving the international architectural scene.

The priority and main goal of this initiative is to select and reward the most outstanding projects, those that could best value the technical and aesthetic qualities of Casalgrande Padana stoneware elements in the various construction solutions.
Over the last twenty or more years, ceramic material, first and foremost stoneware, has further developed both in terms of aesthetics and performance, reclaiming its rightful place in the construction business. The very history of the Grand Prix bears testimony to this purpose, especially the latest 2010-2012 edition. The participating designers were over 250 from all over the world. Each presented a very high quality and noteworthy project, as was remarked by the international jury chaired by Franco Manfredini, President di Casalgrande Padana, and important authorities in the design business, as well as critics, academicians and communication experts: Alfonso Acocella, Giuseppe Cappochin, Biagio Furiozzi, Ferdinando Gottard, Joelle Letessier, Sebastian Redecke, Matteo Vercelloni.
“Percorsi in Ceramica” closes with a summary of the conference held by Libeskind during the award final ceremony, accompanied by a brief description of some of the projects he presented: the Berlin Jewish Museum, the New York World Trade Center and Milan’s CityLife.