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Architecture Competition

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INTRODUCTION

When systems of infrastructure providing a single use converge with each other, they produce residual spaces; spaces which are entirely forgotten or spaces whose intended purpose of use has been abandoned  and replaced by an assortment of informal activities, thus disrupting the urban fabric, creating an Urban Void.


One such example is when one elevated passageway (roads/highways/bridges) pass over another one, creating a space that is longitudinal and barrier free, sandwiched between an underpass and an overpass.


When infrastructure is primarily a service that enables human circulation and interaction, can the revival of these unused, underused or misused spaces only encourage this more?


Do these spaces present an opportunity for a design intervention?


Can a system of infrastructure typically assumed single use, become multifunctional, allowing different spatial experiences to be created?


Would the addition of programmes (services and social) lead to the development of a spatial identity that is reflective of its community?


Can the juxtaposition of various formal and informal programmes mean that a space which was once inaccessible, is now accessible to all the members of the community?


Can design help transform these spaces to facilitate and redefine exchanges (service/social), allowing these voids to become seamless within the broader urban fabric?

OBJECTIVE

Can these spaces be reimagined to become the heart of the community, facilitating creative patterns of use, drawing from the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place, thus being able to reflect the community’s identity and channel its evolution?


Design Challenge: Rejuvenate the urban void in question, creating a space maximizes its shared value and re- establishes the context.


Voids

Select Urban Voids of an area within the range of 250 sqm and 500sqm. If exceeding 500 sqm, assume modules of 500 sqm.


Understanding that this is a solution with the context and the community at it’s centre, focus on gaining significant insights into the constraints and allowances dictated by the site.


At a distance of 800 m from the University of Malta, the site conveniently sits at a junction, it's visible front, accessibility (to the nearby university town and the well frequented seafront) and the demographics of its neighbourhood, its most important asset. Adjacent to it the old Empire Stadium, Gżira (which is no longer in use, having been replaced by the Ta' Qali National Stadium).

JUDGES

To be announced.

PRIZES

Prize pool of worth 14,000$

First Prize: 2700$ (For students and professionals)

Runner Up: 6 x 8500$ (For students and professionals)

People’s Choice: 4 x 350$ (Open for all)

Honourable Mention: 12 x 400$ Each

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TIMELINE

Launch February 22, 2020

Registration closes: 19th Oct 2020

Submission Deadline: 3rdNov 2020

Result Announcement: 31stDec 2020

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