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UIA international student prize opens for entries

The UIA-HYP Cup international student competition has opened for entries

Chaired by Daniel Libeskind, the annual competition seeks imaginative schemes responding to an ‘architecture in transformation’ theme.

This year’s contest will explore the concept – chosen by Libeskind – of the ‘unexpected city’.

Describing the topic, Libeskind said: ‘The Unexpected City is a city of wonder, a city where imagination, creativity, and the new have boldly surpassed what has been.

He continued: ‘The Unexpected City is a city which will find a new relationship between ancient tradition, modernity, and technology. It will offer a new perspective in space of living, nature, and respect for everyone with concrete architectural and urban projects.

He added: ‘After all, home is not “where the heart is” but where the house and neighborhood reside. I expect high level intellectual ambition, artistic originality, and freedom of thought to bear on those who build the world and on those who take this course.’

Participants are free to choose any site of around 4,000m² and define the terrain’s characteristics as they see fit.

The competition is free to enter and its official language is English. The contest is open to full time students including graduates students and PhD candidates.

The winner will receive £6,000 and three second place entries will share £3,000 each. A further eight, third place prizes of £1,000 each and twenty honourable mentions will also be awarded.

Competition supporters include China-based magazine Urban Environmental Design and the Tianjin University school of architecture.

The deadline for registration is 30 June.








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