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Competition: Belo Horizonte installations, Brazil

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An open international contest has been announced for a series of contextual £4,000 installations in the Buritis neighbourhood of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

The anonymous competition seeks site-specific concepts to occupy a number of exposed stilt structures used to prop up buildings within the suburban hill-top district. It is is open to architects, artists, landscape architects, designers and set designers.

The ‘Other Territories’ call for concepts – supported by Banco Mercantil do Brasil, City Hall of Belo Horizonte and the Institute of Architects of Brazil – focuses on 10 separate sites within Buritis. The winning temporary schemes will feature in an exhibition and be put forward for construction as part of a proposed arts festival.

According to the brief: ‘Outros Territórios is a suite of ephemeral interventions proposed for a hilly neighbourhood in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, called Buritis. The plan envisages an instantaneous transformation of the landscape through the simultaneous occupation of the many stilt systems propping up the hillside buildings.

‘The array of forgotten spaces, ignored for their unsightly strangeness, will be infused with city life through an event that posits an open field of study: the latent possibilities in the existing city. This will be an opportunity to test new ideas, exchange experiences and awaken sensibilities; a way of showing that modest interventions with limited resources can generate lasting change and become instruments through which to devise alternative solutions for the urban re-composition of such a frayed urban fabric as Belo Horizonte’s.’

Belo Horizonte is the capital of the state of Minas Gerais and the third largest city in Brazil. Founded in the early 20th century, the city was planned around rapid industrial and residential expansion and features a neighbourhood designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Buritis is a wealthy suburb of Belo Horizonte featuring a large number of high-rise buildings built in the late 1980s. The free-to-enter competition focuses on the cavernous unused stilt spaces propping up many local buildings.

Proposals must respond to these enormous understructures which support residential buildings above, reactivate the inaccessible spaces and generate new artistic connections within the wider Buritis neighbourhood.

Submissions should feature up to 10 A3 boards with text in either English or Portuguese. Judges include Davide Sacconi, a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London.

The winning schemes – to be announced on 29 January – will feature in an exhibition inside the Viaduto das Artes gallery which occupies the land beneath a pair of overpasses in Barreiro, Belo Horizonte.

A selection of the winning schemes will then be installed as part of an arts festival which will be subject to successful fundraising by the competition organisers.

The deadline for applications is 22 January.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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