CASH PRIZE 15.000 € 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. 

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  

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2D DRAWINGS
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RULES
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PHOTOS
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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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ

The intervention area seems very wide. Where exactly should we design the single houses?

It is possible to develop the project idea in any place within the intervention area marked with a green circle (see the dwg file).

 

Is there any underwater contour line or information about the depths of the seabed?

You shall consider the seabed as a flat surface. 

Should we design an urban masterplan for the whole intervention area or focus on the single structures as independent, self-sufficient and replicable ones?

It is not required to design an urban masterplan. It is important to develop a model of house.

Is it allowed to develop only some of the functions listed in the program?

Yes, it is.

Is there any limit for the height of the structures?

No, there isn’t.

CALENDAR / FEES / DEADLINES

Calendar

28 October 2019
24 November 2019
Early Bird Registration
60 €/ team *
25 November 2019
22 December 2019
Standard Registration
80 €/ team *
23 December 2019
19 January 2020
Late Registration
110 €/ team *
MATERIAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE
22 January 2020
Jury summoning
27 January 2020
Results announcement
2 March 2020
*+22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

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