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What characteristics should have a space designed to accommodate the memory of the architectural and urban heritage of this city?
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Registration Deadline: 9th June 2019
Submission Deadline: 20th June 2019


Berlin has been a main witness of the greatest cultural, religious, political and artistic transformations of Europe throughout the centuries and its architectural and urban heritage allow us to revisit through its streets, monuments and buildings the convulsive history of this continent. From its origins in the middle Ages it has witnessed the raise of the Prussian Empire and its collapse after the First World War, its resurgence as the Weimar Republic and later the formation of the III Reich. It has seen the horrors of World War II, occupied and divided by a shameful wall for almost 30 years and later, after its fall, it has experienced the reunification of a country to finally establish itself as the most important capital of Europe.

The buildings of Berlin are a good portrait of the main western artistic and architectural periods, from its Romanesque churches, through its Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque cathedrals, its Classicist civil architecture, the Jugendstil buildings, the Bauhaus and Werkbund jewels to the postwar architecture , deconstructivism and all the contemporary experiments. Great names of the history of architecture resonate in its streets, Schinkel, Muthesius, Taut, Wagner, Gropius, van der Rohe, Behrens, Eiermann, Reich, etc.
The cultural activities offered by the city are inexhaustible, from the East Side Gallery with its iconic graffiti, the opera, housed in the majestic building by Hans Scharoun, the small galleries of the districts of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, the famous Museum Island whose complex includes among others the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum and the Old National Gallery.

The city has more than 150 theaters, more than 250 public libraries, 130 movie theaters and more than 1500 cultural events take place daily. It has more than 175 museums dedicated to all kinds of cultural expressions, literature, painting, sculpture, design and architecture among which is the Bauhaus Museum who is currently in the process of expansion and accounts for the great contributions of this artistic movement, key to understanding all the avant-garde architecture of the 20th century, but still there is a need in the city for a space that accounts for the entire history of architecture and urbanism as disciplines throughout history and different cultures.

What characteristics should have a space designed to accommodate the memory of the architectural and urban heritage of this city? What kind of relationships should a building like this establish with the rest of the city? How should it be organized? How can a Museum of Architecture be both Berliner and universal at the same time?

Eligibility

Students Category
This category will accept architecture and related fields undergraduate students who can prove their student status on the day the competition launches with some official document (student ID or enrolment papers). Graduate, masters, and PhD students who are currently enrolled in some official course can also participate, but only if they obtained their undergraduate degree less than 3 years ago. The 3 year rule applies to graduate, masters and PhD students who are CURRENTLY ENROLLED only!

Young Architects
This category will accept young professional architects who graduated less than 10 years ago (according to their degree expedition date) can also join the competition and opt to win the “young graduates” prize which will be awarded separately from the student prizes. In both categories teams can be formed by just one member or up to six (6). Members of a team don’t necessarily have to be students at the same university or live in the same country. It is not necessary that all members of a team are architecture specialists. Having a photographer, artist, philosopher, etc. on a team can help to see the project in a new way, thus enriching the final result. However, it is recommended that at least one member of the team has some experience in architecture. The teams may also be formed by both students and young architects. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it.

Prizes

Winners Student Category:
1st: 1,500€
2nd: 700€
3rd: 300€

  • One-year subscription to an architecture magazine.
  • Considered for publication in an architecture magazine.
  • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.
  • 1 year subscription to ARCHcase Premium

10 Honorable mentions:

  • Considered for publication in an architecture magazine.
  • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.
  • 1 year subscription to ARCHcase Premium.

Winners Young Architects Category:

1st: 1,500€

  • Considered for publication in an architecture magazine.
  • One-year subscription to an architecture magazine.
  • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.
  • 1 year subscription to ARCHcase Premium

3 Honorable mentions:

  • Considered for publication in an architecture magazine.
  • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.
  • 1 year subscription to ARCHcase Premium.

Schedule:

May 12th: Early Registration Ends
May 13th: Regular Registration Starts
June 9th: Regular Registration Ends
June 20th: Submission Deadline
July 25th: Winners Announcement

Registration:

Special Feb 17th – Apr 14th 60,50€
Early Apr 15th – May 12th 90,75€
Regular May 13th – Jun 9th 121,00€

For more details visit Archmedium Competition page

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