Call for Ideas
Register/submit deadline: December 4, 2017
The competition consists of the realization of a project that provides a new concept of housing in the existing environment (Sahara Desert) based on the concepts of use of passive techniques that will provide a home with comfort and sufficient architectural quality.
It is proposed to intervene in this singular space, being at the participant’s choice to locate where he prefers within this natural setting. The enclave does not have physical barriers that separate the area of action from the rest, that is, it will be possible to define the limits of the intervention.
The materials, techniques used to exploit the energy must be consistent with the medium being, in essence, a (r)evolution in what the “Tuareg tents” represent.
Because the homes of nomadic societies function as small family communities, housing should be developed that forms a small community nucleus of several families. This does not imply that different housing must be developed, but rather the possibility of different family unions or groups involving an expansion of housing. Therefore, the flexibility of housing should be taken into account.
The proposed program may include all the spaces that the participants consider necessary, where the minimum units are:
• Resting area (accommodation of at least 4 people – a couple and two children)
• Socio-cultural area (kitchen, dining room and rest area)
The project must be a unique place that produces its own identity in the area and that proposes a need to take care of the existing environmental balance.
The proposal must dialogue with the landscape and nature and that relates its inhabitants to this particular environment, where even the materials can be local and according to the environment or place.
This program is for guidance only and can be modified by the contestant.
Project freedom is absolute and the area of intervention is free, this contest proposes that the participant investigate the forms of intervention in a singular landscape – Study limits, scales, views, access, materiality are the keys to follow.
All students and architects or related professions anywhere in the world can participate in the contest.
Participation can be individual or in groups, being eight (8) the maximum number of members. Team members can be from all disciplines (artists, philosophers, photographers, etc.), without being necessary, although advisable, the presence of an architect or architecture student. It is allowed that members are from different universities and countries
Prizes will be awarded in the 1st phase of a total of 3,000 euros distributed as follows:
• First Prize – 1.500 euros
• 3 Second Prizes – 3 x 500 euros
• 10 Honourable Mentions – No economic prize