→ Since 2008, the world has been going through a tough financial crisis, which has subsequently translated into a crisis of values. The big recession, which originated in the United States, has its origins in the real state bubble burst and the resulting financial and mortgage problems.
The competition departs from the socioeconomic context of southern Europe, more precisely from the delicate situation in Portugal. The country is rich in culture, architecture and history but the cuts policies have reduced the call to carry out public construction. It is even understood that despite unfavourable context, it has not been permitted to produce good architecture for the people, as the great school of Portuguese architects has always done.
We propose a unique piece of architecture, which is described as a large container of activities. Public investment is reduced to public equipment and the expense is optimized by hosting as many events and creating as many uses for the building as possible. It is a hall open to the citizens, activating the surrounding public space and articulating good architecture with limited resources.
It's a container that aims to react to the magazine-cover-like architecture that has been generated, instead relating to the historical context of the place, the socioeconomic conditions and the moral sustainability of the proposal. It is an architecture of values that seeks its referents in history, in vernacular architecture and in the Portuguese masters.
→ A jury composed by six internationally recognized architects will vote the winning projects according to the contest criteria:
Teresa Batlle - President
Caterina Figuerola - Invited architect
Pedro Rodriguez - Local architect
Josep Ferrando - Young architect
Carolina Garcia - History of Architecture
→ CALENDAR & FEES
28 JUL '14 - 15 SEP '14
Special registration (50€ + TAX*)
16 SEP '14 - 15 OCT '14
Regular registration (100€ + TAX*)
31 OCT '14
27 NOV '14
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↓ See also:
→ International Architecture Competition: MESH
→ Competition: Dubai Global Energy Forum
→ Rome Motorino Check Point
→ Basel Pavilion of Culture (BPOC) competition
→ Competition: 'San Francisco Fire Department Headquarters'
→ Camelot Research & Visitors Center
→ Competition: Tokyo Replay Center
→ Buenos Aires High Performance
→ Competition: Aurora Borealis Arctic Observatory
→ Architectural competition stcRIO
→ Rethinking Mallorca's Seafront
→ New York Theater City
→ Viena House of Music (VHOM)
→ Olympic museum of Athens