International Competition of Ideas for the multifunctional center,PORT OF CULTURE


International Competition of Ideas for the multifunctional center,PORT OF CULTURE

©Līva Dudareva



Competition Launch: December 27th, 2019

Deadline for Q&A: January 31st, 2020

Deadline for Competition submissions: March 8th, 2020

Announcement of Winner: April 7th, 2020



On the coast of the Azov Sea in Eastern Ukraine lies a city of Mariupol. Historically mariupol has been a center of important social, political and economic events due to its geopolitical location, as well as trade and industrial activities. Migratory routes of goods, people, ideas, plants, languages and other elements have formed the city into what it is today. Populated by roughly half a million inhabitants today it is famous for the steel production. 

Located in the borderland of Ukraine, Mariupol has transformed rapidly during the past five years. In 2014 it became the new administrative, and cultural centre in the region after seizure of Donetsk by separatist forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic. It is separated from the occupied Donetsk Republic only by few dozen kilometres.
If the fall of Soviet Union saw decline not only in the population numbers, but also in economic quantifiers and cultural infrastructure, the recent movement of the population from the war affected territories, global aid, volunteers, goods, artifacts and currency has contributed not only to an increase of the population numbers in Mariupol, but also to the development of its cultural capital.
New cultural spaces that have opened within the past five years – Vezha and TЮ, among others - are shifting the notion of Mariupol as peripheral Eastern Ukrainian city.
Following the emerging trends of cultural and urban renaissance in small to medium Ukrainian cities, Mariupol is pursuing open, diverse, and contemporary cultural spaces in its environment, furthermore places that would engage the citizens in the knowledge production, and creation of their own (hi)story.
Not coincidentally in 2018 municipality of Mariupol started to plan for a new cultural space in Mariupol, a multifunctional center dedicated to the urban culture and the identity of the city and Pre Azovskyi region. The new center - the Port of Culture - will be devoted to the subject of migration, a process that has shaped the city throughout the centuries,  becoming an integral part of its identity. Since the foundation of the city, cultural exchange through trade routes contributed to the development of multi-layered, multicultural and diverse city culture. With that in mind Port of Culture will be launched as a place for cultural dialogue. It will uncover and explore the less known traits of Mariupol city, and contextualize its local history within larger regional and global processes related to migration.


The mission of the Port of Culture will be to discover the complex identity of the city and its inhabitants. To collect the local stories, histories and urban myths about Mariupol and Pre Azovskyi region, but most importantly to provide an open space for encounters, discussions and contributions by local community.

The new center will be constructed on the grounds of the former building of Internal Affairs that was heavily damaged in 2014 during the events of armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, and since has become an important location in the collective memory of local citizens.

The building on the grounds of competition area was constructed at the beginning of the last century as a residential house by Mariupol merchant Tebugov, and later it was transformed into gymnasium.


We are looking for bold and authentic architectural idea for the Port of Culture, that will represent the values and the main themes of the new multifunctional cultural center, as well as accommodate the diverse exhibition, educational and public programs.

We encourage the competition proposals to reflect and to take into account the recent history of the competition site and its importance in the local collective memory by transforming, preserving or demolishing the building parts that are remaining on the site today. We are not expecting a reconstruction project but original and courageous interpretations and approaches regarding the history of the site. It is up to the architect or team of architects, which parts of the building should be preserved and how, if any.


Līva Dudareva (Jelgava, 1984) was trained as a landscape architect in Latvia and  Sweden, before moving to London to work as a researcher at CHORA. She then continued her studies in landscape architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art, joining award winning landscape architecture practice Gross.Max in Scotland where she worked conceptualising, developing and managing projects. She then moved to Moscow to explore new ways of representation and urban research at the Strelka Institute. She co-founded METASITU, an art collective and urban consultancy devoted to the exploration of future tactics.


1ST prize 1500 EURO
2ND prize 1000 EURO
3RD prize 750 EURO

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