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Extinction Museum

YAC launches a competition of ideas aiming to imagine in the ancient crater of a quiescent volcano a museum to display the last mass extinction- the extinction of dinosaurs- and inform about the current threats for living species. 

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    Dinosaurs are an unavoidable stage in every child’s passions. They belong to imagination before belonging to science. They are a trace of an incomprehensively distant time, of a different, wild Earth, of a still tumultuous and forming planet.

    Ancient, monstrous, different.

    Dinosaurs are an unavoidable stage in every child’s passions. They belong to imagination before belonging to science. They are a trace of an incomprehensively distant time, of a different, wild Earth, of a still tumultuous and forming planet.

    A vanished world, which vicissitudes have eluded our accurate understanding for a long time. Meteor, volcanic eruption, climate change. Whatever the nemesis, dinosaurs are also the symbol of the precariousness of life on this planet, the paradigm of a terrible and topical concept: extinction.

    Indeed, over the last 50 years there has been a loss of 69% of wild animal species. This confirms an irrefutable data: there is an ongoing new mass extinction, and the cause is fairly accurately mankind.

    However, if mankind started this, mankind can also stop it.

    For this reason, WWF created exhibition routes to show the world before history in an ancient volcanic crater, which is one of the places that is most intrinsically connected to the extinct world. It did so because starting from those creatures so rooted in our imagination, people can reflect upon the current risk for life on Earth.

    For this reason, WWF created exhibition routes to show the world before history in an ancient volcanic crater, which is one of the places that is most intrinsically connected to the extinct world. It did so because starting from those creatures so rooted in our imagination, people can reflect upon the current risk for life on Earth.

    What will be the next extinction? What can human beings do to protect themselves and the other living beings?

    These are the questions underlying Extinction Museum. YAC and WWF’s competition aims at imagining in the ancient crater of a quiescent volcano a museum to display the last mass extinction- the extinction of dinosaurs- and inform about the current threats for living species.

    A volcano, a glaciation, a meteor will not decide on life on this planet, mankind will. For the first time in the history of Earth, the future of life as we know it is in the hands of just one species. Therefore, places like Extinction Museum will become essential tools to raise awareness.

    Before it is too late.

    Yac thanks all the architects who will take up this challenge.

    Jury

    Each jury is nominated with utmost care and is composed by professionals of the highest repute whose activity is consistent with the theme of the competition.

    • Carmine Annicchiarico
      WWF Italia
    • Lars Almgren
      Dorte Mandrup
    • Seul Lee
      Snøhetta
    • Simon Frommenwiler
      HHF Architects
    • Fabrizio Canonico
      OASI WWF CRATERE DEGLI ASTRONI
    • Ornella Zerlenga
      Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
    • Giulio Rigoni
      BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
    • Catello Pasinetti
      MIBACT
    • Atelier Alter

    Prizes

    All awarded projects will be sent to websites, magazines and architectural platforms. Furthermore, they can be displayed in national and international architectural events.

    1st Prize

    8,000

    2nd Prize

    4,000

    3rd Prize

    2,000

    2 × Gold Mentions

    500

    Honorable Mentions

    10

    Finalists

    30

    Timeline

    Complying with deadlines is a fundamental requirement to take part in the competition. All architects are encouraged to pay the utmost attention to the timeline and to complete each phase in advance.

    • Oct 24, 2022 – Nov 20, 2022

      Early Bird Registration

      65€ / team*

    • Nov 21, 2022 – Dec 18, 2022

      Standard Registration

      85€ / team*

    • Dec 19, 2022 – Jan 15, 2023

      Late Registration

      115€ / team*

    • Jan 18, 2023

      Material Submission Deadline

    • Jan 23, 2023

      Jury Summoning

    • Mar 6, 2023

      Results Announcement

    * +22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect submission deadline.

    Download

    YAC provides architects with content-rich competition material so that they can best express their ideas and thoughts wherever they live.

    FAQ

    Shall the concept idea include all the functions listed in the program (gallery and exhibition route, café and catering area, bookshop, etc.) or is it up to the designer's decision?

    It is highly recommended to develop all the functions listed in the program, but this is not mandatory and it is up to the contestants' decision to include them all or focus on some of them only, according to their concept idea.

    Is there a limit on the height and the maximum area allowed for new constructions?

    No, there is no limit in the height and the maximum area allowed for new constructions, as long as the concept idea is developed within the intervention area marked in the dwg file.

    Are excavations allowed?

    Yes, excavations are allowed until 6m of depth.

    Is it possible to take part in the competition without a team?

    Yes, it is, Contestants can join the competition either individually or with a team, as long as the team includes a member aged under 35 or the single contestant is aged under 35.

    Is it allowed to submit more than one proposal?

    Yes, it is. By registering more teams and paying a registration fee for each of them, it is possible to submit more than one project proposal.

    Where can I find the technical materials? Is it possible to use materials other than the given ones?

    Any technical materials useful for the competition’s purposes are available in the download section of the competition's page, regardless of being already registered to the competition. It is also allowed to use additional material collected by contestants.

    Partners

    YAC thanks all the people who have been engaged in organizing the competition by sharing time, materials and resources to make the experience of architects unique.

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    Extinction Museum

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