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Ideas contest opens for Obama presidential library in Chicago

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The Chicago Architecture Club has launched an international ideas contest for a Barack Obama Presidential Library

The competition seeks proposals for what the latest presidential library would look like if it was built within the city.

So far 13 presidential libraries have been set up to preserve historical material relating to past US presidents.  New York, Honolulu and Chicago have all bid to host Barack Obama’s library.

The anonymous competition is open to students, architects, landscape architects, planners, designers and artists.

According to the brief: ‘We are calling for speculative proposals for the Barack Obama Presidential Library to initiate a debate in order to rethink and redefine this particular building typology.’

The brief asked: ‘Within the context of the city, is this institution a stand-alone monument or rather a forum of social-urban interaction and an active extension of a President’s legacy?

‘Would it be considered as one of the civic components of Chicago’s public library system or does it remain autonomous?’

Submissions should include four PDF display boards and a 250-word statement.

The winner – set to be announced on 3 February – will take home around £960. A second place prize worth £640 and third place award worth £480 are also available.

Jury members include Brian Lee of SOM, Elva Rubio of Gensler and Dan Wheeler of Wheeler Kearns Architects.

The standard registration fee is around £60 and students can pay around £30.

The deadline for registration is 10 January.




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