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South-East Asian border competition launches

A competition has been launched to design buildings along national borders in South-east Asia.

The Borderless Competition seeks architectural solutions to cultural and social problems where countries in the region meet.

Entrants can choose a site anywhere directly on the border between two or more members of the Association of South-east Asian Nations.

They have until 30 March to submit designs for infrastructure on their chosen site.

The competition website says: ‘While there has been much discussion about achieving a “borderless” condition through economic and legislative initiatives, currently the actual border spaces themselves have been neglected and are lagging behind these developments.

’For many people inhabiting these areas, the border remains a place of division and uncertainty.

‘Outdated infrastructure affects their sense of security and livelihood. Socio-economic and cultural differences lead to misunderstandings and inequalities. In some areas, borders have become spaces of conflict and dispute.’

The US$3,000 top prize will be awarded in late April 2013. 

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