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Contest launched for Holocaust memorial in Bologna

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Bologna’s Jewish Community and the Union of Italian Jewish Communities have opened an international design contest for a ‘personal and intimate’ monument to the victims of the holocaust

The ‘Shoah Memorial’ competition – chaired by American architect Peter Eisenman – marks the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

According to the brief, the monument will be a ‘spatial structure that can engage our citizens, inviting them to enter a different dimension, in a journey that moves from the historic drama of this extermination to the contemplation of beauty in the urban landscape: from violence and death to life.’

The brief continued: ‘Those who cross this space will participate in a personal and intimate experience, which, linked to the concept of memory, will raise questions, yet the site will offer no preconceived answers.’

The winning £90,000 design – set to be announced in June – will occupy a prominent site at the crossroads between Via Carracci and the Via Matteotti bridge in Bologna.

Teams featuring architects and artists – with at least one member based in the European Union – are invited to participate in the anonymous two-stage competition.

Three shortlisted teams will share an £11,000 prize fund and the winner will receive £15,000 in fees.

The deadline for submissions is 7 April.

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