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Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Competition
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12 Apr 2016
Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Design Competition
Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Design Competition Winners
Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion results are announced!
The winners of the Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion architecture competition have been announced. The competition tasked participants with designing a mobile structure to support and promote the principle and ideals of free speech.
The events that inspired the Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion architecture competition were both devastating and profound, and as such the winning teams chosen by our expert panel of judges reflected that in their designs. While the structure was intended to be temporary, the impressions it leaves upon each community should be lasting and universal.
The three winning teams chosen were from Switzerland, China and Germany, showing how the ideals of free speech are universally important despite culture and country of origin.
Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Competition Winner
The team from Switzerland were selected as the overall winners for the positivity of their designs, and the creation of a sense of no-place without political affiliation. This allowed the pavilion to proclaim itself as a platform for free speech in any environment, culture or situation.
AURÉLIE MONET KASISI, ANOUK DANDRIEU
The success of the first place proposal lies in its careful selection, organization, and representation of autonomous archetypes, liberating the pavilion from politically biased signifiers oft assumed through architectural form. The positivity of the architecture and representation creates a sense of no-place (Utopia), allowing the pavilion to proclaim itself in any environment, culture, and situation as a platform for liberated speech.
The easel is the principle component of the pavilion. Organized in a striated, but ordered field condition, the easel provides canvases for individual expression. Nodes of concentrated activity are carved out of the field to create larger social platforms for collective discourse and dialogue. Despite the openness of the relative field, the easel is deployed as a series of walls without ceilings. These barriers simultaneously enclose the individual while relating them to the whole. Tectonically, and through representation, the project embodies a virtue of innocence, inherent also to the ideal of free speech. Instead of memorializing imagery as an archive, the architecture itself embodies and perpetuates the spirit of expression Charlie Hebdo fosters.
Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Competition 2nd prize
The second place winners from China envisioned a buoyant, spherical balloon which holds aloft a steel roof underneath which visitors wander.
SHUZHI YANG, YUPENG HE, LIWEI YU
The second prize is awarded to a project distinguished by succinct, profound clarity. The project is described through objective form, the primitive geometries of a sphere and plane, diagrammed a circle and line. The proposal is actualized through a buoyant, spherical balloon which holds aloft a steel roof. The glowing orb floats high above the plaza, framed against the sky, while below, visitors meander beneath the tenuous weight of the suspended steel canopy. This suspended ceiling defines an empty terrain in a public space, which has the potential to serve as a collective platform for social engagement, or a space of individual contemplation.
As a pavilion, the archetypal figures of a sphere and plane render meaning through analogous contrast: between one another as objects, and the site and viewer as subjects. Through this dichotomy the project engages both the metaphysical and metaphoric — the lightness of an ideal, and the weight, burden, and responsibility of its reality.
Importantly, the proposal seeks a certain monumentality, recalling visions of the French enlightenment architects like Étienne- Louis Boullée and Claude Ledoux. Through universal form, and with gravity as its medium, the proposal monumentalizes an enlightened ideal while paying homage to the sacrifices made by those who have pursued it.
Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Competition 3rd prize
And the third place winners from Germany created a pavilion comprised of a circular wall punctuated by a single door, with two off-center circular walls within to create a series of nested interiors.
LUCA LONGAGNANI, ALEXINE SAMMUT, MARTA FERNANDEZ GUARDADO
The third place proposal transcended the veil of ideology seen throughout the entries, established binaries between cultures, economic systems, and political regimes, through its adept handling of a universalizing architecture of silence as an appropriate response to the events in Paris on January 7th, 2015. A wall, circular in plan and punctured by single door separates the interior from the site and the city.
Two off-center circular walls within create a series of nested interiors: a liminal ambulatory of expansion and contraction, an open zone of collective engagement, and finally an enclosed sanctuary. The mirrored exterior simultaneously reflects back its environment and renders it other in its context. The interior materials are matte and plain, strewn with occasional chairs, evoking the banal construction of an industrial space and opening the architecture for potential use, not prefigured function.
These architectural strategies create a series of spaces, each one step further removed from the its socio-political realm and symbolically establishing its own territory of discussion, contemplation, and reflection.
Three very different interpretations of the brief and were chosen, and yet each team from each country found the importance of free speech a powerful motivator in their designs.
Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion Design Competition
Bee Breeders’ new architecture competition – the Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion – looks to help
spread the message of the importance of the right to free speech. The purpose of the structure is
to deconstruct the idea of free speech, reminding visitors that freedom of speech is a luxury not all
people can enjoy and educate people about the situation in other countries around the world. The
recent events in Europe have highlighted how the civil liberties we often take for granted are
denied to many all around the world.
The Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion will enable exhibitions on the importance of free speech to
travel the world and work to leave a positive lasting impression.
Registration for the Charlie Hebdo Portable Pavilion architecture competition is open now until the
March 9, 2016.
Winners will be announced on the April 6, 2016, in the meantime more information can be found
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Baltic thermal Pool Park Architecture Competition
International architecture vision competition organisers Homemade Dessert announce a new architecture vision competition in Latvia:
“BALTIC THERMAL POOL PARK”
Homemade Dessert in cooperation with Liepaja City Council, Latvia ask you to present the vision for a new development that would consist of thermal pool park with outdoor and indoor SPA facilities.
Efforts to restore Liepaja as a resort city have been revived in the new millennium. The wide beaches here attract visitors seeking recreation in the waterside cafés and bars, and nature lovers seeking peace on the coast. The unique natural healing resources available here call for the development of a new resort and health tourism amenities. Liepāja is the 3rd largest city in Latvia and 10th largest one in the Baltic States.
Homemade Dessert Design Competition in Latvia
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