Tarawa Deadline 22nd January 2020

KIRIBATI FLOATING HOUSES

Brief

“The islands are ants and industrialized nations are elephants”.

 

 

This is how Teburoro Tito described unequal country contributions to climate change. This is what Kiribati is: a handful of atolls lying on the huge womb of the Pacific Ocean. It is an ant that has been paying the cost of elephants for too long. Distant and unaware pachyderms have hurled against it the bulimia of a ferocious, corrupted and swollen sea due to the ice melting. 

Kiribati’s elderly people look at this sea with bewilderment. They are hurt by the incomprehensible betrayal of what they used to consider a loyal friend, even more loyal than the Earth. Today they show threadbare photographs of their island when the ocean used to be faraway from the houses. Differently, now clouds gather at the horizon, lead grey clusters rise and rumble at sunset. This is when the water and salt monster seems to shake off lethargy. This is when the ocean rises to claim the shores of the island.      

Another coastal storm passes and leaves a trail of flooded plantations, destroyed houses and poisoned wells behind it. Kiribati is still Kiribati. However, it is a little more faded, a little thinner. 

 

Yet, resignation does not belong to these atolls. Surrender does not suit navigators’ descendants. In fact, in Kiribati there is one single word to define “people” and “nation”. Here, these two concepts blend together. There is no Kiribati without its population. There are no natives without their island.   

 

Fleeing is not an option. Leaving is not the solution. This is why Kiribati Floating Houses is needed. 

Kiribati Floating Houses is the competition aiming to give a future to the populations of Kiribati. Cantiere delle Marche promoted such initiative to design a resilient Kiribati. Its purpose it to create a new dwelling model in order to globally tackle the challenges of the rise in ocean levels and climate change.    

The competition regards one the last most fragile paradises of our planet. It will provide architects an additional opportunity: redeeming the civilized world. Today, the dark eyes of the inhabitants of Kiribati look at the rest of the world with mistrust. However, the elephants that have instigated the sea can also stop it because hope has not abandoned Kiribati. Tides have not washed away the natives’ love of their island. 

 

Kiribati is not destined to disappear and Yac thanks all the architects who will believe in this challenge. 

Winners

1st PRIZE

TEAM

Marcin Kitala

MEMBERS

Marcin Kitala

2nd PRIZE

TEAM

JiT

MEMBERS

Jinchul Yeon, Hanhee Park, Joseph Kim, Hyoyoung Jeon

3rd PRIZE

TEAM

Giacomo Caputo

MEMBERS

Giacomo Caputo

Gold Mentions

TEAM

TAB

MEMBERS

Wilhelm Scheruebl, Therese Leick, Philippe Jans

TEAM

CB

MEMBERS

Martina Cesana, Alice Camilla Mariani, Amedeo Valente

Mentions

Finalists

1st PRIZE
8.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

2nd PRIZE
4.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

3rd PRIZE
2.000 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 2 GOLD MENTIONS
500 €

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

n. 10 HONORABLE MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

30 FINALIST MENTIONS

All the awarded proposals will be transmitted to architectural magazines and websites + international exhibitions  

Jury

Kengo Kuma
KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES
Moon Hoon
Cristiana Favretto
STUDIOMOBILE
Vasco Buonpensiere
CANTIERE DELLE MARCHE
Teuea Tebau
MISE
Simon Frommenwiler
HHF ARCHITECTS
Rocco Yim
ROCCO DESIGN ARCHITECTS
Walter Mariotti
EDITORIALE DOMUS
Marco Imperadori
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Marco Cattaneo
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Fabio Alberto Roversi Monaco
GENUS BONONIAE
Giuseppe Zampieri
DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS MILANO

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