Europan, the world’s largest biennial design competition for young designers, has once again opened for entries
Open to multidisciplinary teams under 40 years of age and based in Europe, Europan14 seeks proposals for 44 urban sites spread across 13 countries on the continent. Countries contributing competition sites include France, Spain, Germany, Finland, Sweden and Norway but not the UK.
The latest competition is themed on how cities can integrate ‘production’ and small-scale manufacturing. The winning teams will each receive a cash prize worth £10,250 in local currency along with a commission to deliver their scheme.
The brief says: ‘Housing remains the main programme in many urban development projects of the post-industrial era. We wisely add some office places and public amenities, but remain especially keen on stimulating bars, shops and restaurants because we want every new district to be a “genuine” vibrant urban neighbourhood. Looking back at how we organised this wave of regeneration, we can see how we have systematically excluded one programme: the productive economy.
‘Of course, we should not bring steel factories back to the city centre. But we are already welcoming all kinds of small-scale urban manufacturing. We are accommodating more and more of the new recycling industry within the city itself. Production should be encouraged in the city, be part of the fabric, be allowed to be seen, connected to shared daily life, nurtured and celebrated.’
First held in 1989, Europan was set up to boost young European designers and promote open dialogue and cooperation between European countries on issues relating to housing and urban planning.
Now in its 14th edition, the contest is organised by a European federation of national architecture organisations. In January it emerged the UK had once again failed to offer up a single site for inclusion. The UK last submitted sites in 2008 for Europan 9.
This year’s sites include a 31.5ha waterfront regeneration in Lillestrøm, Norway; a 17ha contaminated post-industrial site (pictured) in Warsaw; and the 33ha campus of a former electrodes and feralloys factory in Šibenik, Croatia.
Competitors may apply for a maximum of one competition site in each participating country. Their applications may include either a strategic reflection on the overall site or an architectural solution for a defined part of the plot. All proposals will be evaluated by the Europan Scientific Council prior to the national juries selecting a winner.
Participating teams must feature at least one architect, with all members aged under 40 and holding either a European degree or working in Europe.
Submissions may be in English and potentially the local language of the contest site and must include three A1-sized display boards, a description of the submitted project plus three promotional images and a project text. Applicants must pay a €150 registration fee.
The overall winners will each receive £10,250 and a design commission. Runners-ups will receive cash prizes worth £5,000. A special mention may also be announced.
The deadline for applications is midnight (GMT+1), 30 June.
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