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Urban Exchange: The Souk RIBA Regional Student Ideas Competition

Brief to design a bazaar or souk

The newly established RIBA Gulf Chapter has launched a competition that seeks to restore or create a meaningful spatial arrangement to encourage people to‘interact in an area of a city where more contemporary town planning and architecture has disrupted the way in which we use our streets’.

The competition brief is to design a bazaar or souk and include activities relevant to its urban role, such as shops, some accommodation for short stay, workshops, public spaces, cafes, performance spaces, places of gathering or worship/mosque and landscaping.

The site, to be chosen by the student, should be a minimum of 500m long and 100m wide within an existing urban context. It could be an area in decline, in need of rejuvenation. Alternatively the student might consider the removal of an existing group of buildings, and their replacement with a new development that restores lively street-space to the city or humanising a contemporary urban district.

Entries should arrive no later than close of business on Tuesday 8th September 2009.

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