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Contest opens for Colombian history museum

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Colombia’s National Centre for Historical Memory has launched an international competition for a new museum in Bogota

The proposed ‘National Museum of Memory’ will document Colombia’s on-going armed conflict which has killed an estimated 220,000 people since 1958.

More than four of every five victims of the on-going fighting are understood to have been civilian non-combatants.

Backed by the Colombian Society of Architects, the competition will select a masterplan and preliminary architectural design for the high-profile building.

According to the contest announcement: ‘Colombia is committed to build peace by achieving a negotiated solution to the decades-long internal conflict.

‘As part of a series of reparation measures to the victims of the conflict and prevention of non-recurrence, Colombia will build a National Museum of Memory. It will be the only national museum built in the midst of an ongoing armed conflict.’ 

The statement continued: ‘This international competition will select the best proposal that meet and comply with the requirements to express the memories of what happened and the voices of resistance, while combining through the different areas of the museum the expectations and demands of the citizens that contribute to the construction of a better country.

‘This is an unparalleled opportunity for all architects, Colombian and foreign, to be the designer of a project of great urban and political transcendence for Colombia with a restorative, monumental and memorial nature.’

The winning team will receive around £173,000 and a design contract worth more than £826,000 is also available.

The deadline for registration is 19 June.





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