Mipim Asia will inspire

Architects and designers of residential and mixed-use buildings will be vying for top honours at one of the world's leading property events.

The organiser of Mipim Asia 2008 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre next month will be hoping to better the success of last year's event which hosted more than 2,000 participants from 54 countries and regions.

The event, from November 19 to 21, will bring together the most important property sector players and the Mipim Asia Awards which recognises outstanding building projects across Asia with 20 finalists representing categories ranging from green buildings and hotel and tourism resorts, to residential developments and shopping centres.

The awards were launched last year and attracted 100 entries from 15 countries.

Residential developments nominated this year are The Grange and The Sail at Marina Bay in Singapore, and the Yanlord Peninsula in Suzhou, near Shanghai.

'For the launch awards in 2007, Mipim Asia set the bar very high, selecting an outstanding jury and giving unprecedented visibility to the candidate projects,' said Tadao Kamei, principal executive officer of Japanese design firm Nikken Sekkei, of last year's notable winners. 'The judicious choice of categories will this year again give extensive promotion to outstanding projects around the world.'

Speakers at the event will include South China Morning Post property columnist Nicholas Brooke, Glenn Maguire, chief economist Asia for Societe Generale and Kevin Swaddle, IPD's head of Asia-Pacific.

A spokesman for Mipim Asia said: 'This year's conference will more than ever focus on key issues shaping the booming Asia-Pacific real estate industry.'