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Student contest seeks Calgary church hall design

Architecture students and graduates are invited to take part in an open competition for a new community centre at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary, Canada

The contest seeks ‘thoughtful and ambitious’ ideas for a new annex to host community meetings and youth programmes.

According to the brief, the new building will promote ‘social actualization’ which is a ‘process of sharing and co-learning where the results promote a community of people to reach its full potential.’

Announcing the competition, minister John Pentland said: ‘We don’t need just a typical church hall. Instead, we envision a community-inclusive space where individuals of all beliefs, who share our values, can collaborate and innovate to achieve our full potential as a supportive community.’

Built in 1912, the church prides itself on being open seven days a week to everyone regardless of age, gender identity, health, race, sexual orientation, ability, religious or ethnic background and economic circumstance.

The competition jury includes New York-based architect Diane Lewis, Koon Wee of Hong Kong’s SKEW Collaborative, and University of Calgary professor of architecture Graham Livesey.

Submissions must include 2 digital display boards feauring images and up to 500 words. The registration fee is around £14 and increases to £28 after 1 August.

The winner will receive around £1,000 while the second placed entry will take home £550 and a third prize worth £280 will also be awarded.

The deadline for registration is 28 August.







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