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For the sixth annual AZ Awards, our intrepid jury narrowed the field from over 800 submissions, received from dozens of countries, to select just 48 finalists that stood above the rest. In addition to presenting the AZ Award winners, Azure recognized these projects, products and concepts with Awards of Merit.

This year’s AZ Award winner in the landscape category has also earned a nod for envi-ronmental leadership. In the crook of a river in Pamplona, Spain, Aranzadi may be where the country’s oldest heir­loom vegetable varieties grow, but it’s also a flood plain. Stripping away ad hoc impermeable modifications that had been made to the site, Aldayjover created a porous, coherent landscape that celebrates the seasonal ebb and flow of the Arga river. Today the park channels the water’s force away from built-up areas, and residents enjoy accessible pathways through an ever-changing wetland.

Location: Pamplona, Spain

Firm: Aldayjover Architecture and Landscape, Spain

Team: Iñaki Alday and Margarita Jover, with Jesús Arcos, Marta Castañé, Marilena Lucivero, Andreu Meixide, Francisco Mesonero, Susana Mitjans, Hector Ortin, Catalina Salvà and Raquel Villa ­

People’s Choice: Environmental Leadership
Aranzadi Park

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